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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 72

Marcks & Co., Ltd.
8-day going pocket watch, minute-repeater, duplex escapement, made for the Indian market; 18K yellow gold

CHF 5,000 - 8,500

EUR 4,500 - 7,700 / USD 5,300 - 9,200 / HKD 42,000 - 72,000

18K yellow gold, hunting-case, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, made for the Indian market, with subsidiary seconds at 9 and two horological complication:
· Minute-repeater on two steel gongs by two hammers (activated by the slide located on the case-band at 6 o’clock)
· Twin-barrel differential-winding

Cover and case-back guilloché (engine-turned).

Gold stamped satiné dial with radial Roman numerals; the centre and the rim with gold scrolled floral decoration; blued steel “Fleur-de-Lys” hands.

Movement 18’’’, ¾ plate, gilded brass, two going barrels, duplex escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, polished steel index-regulator, diamond end-stone; repeater work on the main plate, under the dial.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Marcks & Co, Bombay & Poona (India)

Model made in Switzerland

Year circa 1900

Movement No. 15 708

Case No. 38 906

Material 18K yellow gold

Diameter 49.7 mm.

Caliber 18’’’, ¾ plate, duplex escapement (signed “Emanuel & Comy. / To the Queen / 1, Burlington Gardens / London”)

Weight 100 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial

Accessories original fitted box


The movement of this watch is unfortunately not signed. It is probably built in a Swiss workshop, most likely in the Vallée de Joux. In any case, it is extremely rare to find a minute-repeater mechanism mounted on an eight-day going movement, here with two barrels and differential gearing.


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

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