Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 214

Players 
Football referee’s, centre-seconds, silver dial; “Sport Watch”; stainless steel; “NOS” (New Old Stock)

EUR 1,400 - 2,700

USD 1,700 - 3,300 / HKD 13,000 - 24,900

Sold: EUR 1,430

Stainless steel, manual-winding, round-shaped, football referee’s wristwatch, snap-on case-back, lapidated lugs, silver colour dial with four subsidiary gold colour dials to count goals and corners for each team.


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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 1-8

As new

Slightly scratched

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original

Brand Players, Switzerland

Model “Sport Watch”

Year circa 1940-1950

Bracelet black leather strap

Buckle stainless steel buckle

Diameter 38 mm

Caliber 11’’’ ½

Dimensions 48.2 x 38 mm

Signature dial and movement

Accessories hang tag

Notes

Movement based on the Swiss invention patent No. 253 285, delivered on February 29, 1948 (application filed on May 8, 1946), and to the additional patent No. 260 024, delivered on February 15, 1949 (application filed on June 6, 1947), to Fernand Surdez, for a “Compteur” (counter or recorder).
 
This invention is also patented in other countries:
·       France, under No. 946 297 and No. 57 697 (additional patent to the previous).
·       Great Britain, under No. 631 357 and No. 640 288.
 
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Players Sport Watch
 
By pressing the four rectangular-shaped push-pieces (located on the case-band), the goals and corners of two football (soccer) teams may be registered on the four counters on the dial.
 
Fernand Surdez of La Chaux-de-Fonds held at least 14 Swiss, French and British patents between 1933 and 1963. In the case of the present invention, the first deposit concerns the goal and corner counter version (in the form of a wristwatch), while the second deposit (i.e. the additional patent), concerns the same thing but this time being a real wristwatch with a movement allowing to count the half-time of a match.
 
This object (in the form of a wristwatch) exists in various versions:
·       only as a counter;
·       with hours and minutes;
·       with hours, minutes and seconds in the centre.
 
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