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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Jul 23, 2020


M. T. Stauffer
Split-seconds chronograph, minute recorder, made for the American market; 14K yellow gold

14K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, made for the American market, with subsidiary seconds at 6 and three horological complications:
• 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the winding-crown)
• Split-seconds (activated by the olive-shaped push-piece located on the case-band at 10:30)
• Instantaneous 30-minute recorder (subsidiary dial at 12 o’clock)
Case-back polished.
White enamel dial with suspended “Breguet” numerals.
17’’’, rhodium-plated, going barrel, straight-line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, index regulator with swan-neck spring and micrometric screw, 5 adjustments; chronograph work and split-seconds work on the top plate.

Brand M. T. Stauffer, Les Ponts-de-Martel (Neuchatel mountains)

Year circa 1920

Movement No. 3 874

Case No. 5 240 087 and No. 5 557 253 (by The Keystone Watch Case Co., Philadelphia, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.)

Caliber 17’’’, lever escapement, 5 adjustments

Dimensions Ø 46.1 mm.

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

HKD 12,000 - 16,000

CHF 1,500 - 2,000 / USD 1,600 - 2,100

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


Stauffer, Marc-Timothée, Les Ponts-de-Martel
Coming from a watchmaker family from Les Ponts-de-Martel (Neuchatel mountains), Marc-Timothée
Stauffer was born on January 21, 1874. He is the son of Henri-Timothée Stauffer (1849-?).
The latter is the brother of Henry-Onésime Stauffer (1847-?), who open his workshop circa 1860 and was specialized in the construction of watches with special bridges calibres forming letters or numbers (under US design patent invention No. 12 926).
Marc-Timothée Stauffer took over the company from his father and registered by the Chamber of Commerce in 1904 his own company under the name of “M. T. Stauffer Jeune” (the younger). In 1911, the watch brand “Pontif” was introduced and in 1925 the brand” Pontifa”.