Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 13, 2016

LOT 459

PAUL DITISHEIM ''GRAND PRIX DE PARIS 1900'' Premier aux Concours Chronométriques de l'Observatoires de Neuchatel Paul Ditisheim, Chaux-de-Fonds (Suisse), No. 22311, Grand Prix Exposition Universelle,Paris 1900. Very rare and important heavy 18K gold keyless deck Chronometer with one minute tourbillon with detent escapement in original fitted three-body mahogany box. Accompanied by a 1908 Bulletin de Marche from the Observatoire Astronomique et Chronométrique de Neuchâtel and the original certificate with the original envelope.

CHF 45,000 - 65,000

HKD 360,000 - 530,000 / USD 46,000 - 66,000

Sold: CHF 125,000

Five-body, "demi-bassine", solid and heavy, polished mastermark P.D. Hinged gold cuvette with engraved dedication ''ce Chronometer de bord No22311 construit par Paul Ditisheim la Chaux de Fonds a obtenu en premiere classe le premier prix de l'etat a l'observatoire astronomique de Neuchatelle''. Over hinged glazed gold bezel for viewing the movement. Matte silver with champlevé radial Roman numerals and outer minute track, subsidiary dial, subsidiary seconds, engraved in red « Grand Prix Paris 1900 ». Blued steel fleur-de-lis hands. 50 mm., 22''', "Extra", rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 18 jewels, one-minute tourbillon, three equidistant arm polished steel cage and bridge, tourbillon with pivoted detent escapement, Guillaume cut anibal-brass compensation balance with winged arms, adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and five positions, 18 gold peripheral temperature adjustment screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring, index regulator.

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Grading System
Case: 8

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-01


Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original


Dial, case and movement signed and numbered. DIAM. 60 mm.THICKNESS 18 mm. PAUL DITISHEIM (1868-1945) Started his own manufacture at CHAUX-DE-FONDS in 1892, specializing in very high precision watches and jeweled watches. Success in both spheres followed rapidly, and he won many honors. He collaborated with DR. CH. E. GUILLAUME in the use of both the GUILLAUME "integral" balance and the elinvar-type of auto-compensating balance spring. He also contributed many papers to scientific and horological journals.