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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 138

TEMPOR WATCH & CO. MASONIC WATCH, TRIANGULAR-SHAPED CASE AND DIAL WITH MASONIC EMBLEMS; SILVER

Silver (0.800), open-face, keyless-winding, triangular-shaped, pocket watch; white enamel dial with the precept “Aime ton semblable, tends lui une main secourable” (Love your fellow man, lend him a helping hand) and different Masonic symbols in place of the numerals, clockwise, Eye of Providence, Level, Crescent Moon and Stars, a column of the Temple of Solomon with the letter “B” (Boaz), Mallet, Compass and Rule Level, Skull, Ax and Stone, Square, a column of the Temple of Solomon with the letter “J” (Jachin), Sun, Trowel, and, at the top, the Holy Spirit. Case decorated with the Temple of Salomon with its two columns, Open Book, Sword, Mallet, Trowel, Mosaic pavement, Acacia and, at the top, the Eye of Providence; the front, with a rose-cut diamond set below the winding crown and the triangular bow, and the blue enamelled letters “G” (God, Gnose or Geometry) and “B” (Boaz); the sides are also decorated with Masonic emblems.

Brand Tempor Watch Co

Year Circa 1925-1930

Calibre  12’’’, lever escapement

Case No. 142

Dimensions 68.3 mm. (with bow) x 54.5 mm

HKD 8,000 - 12,000

CHF 1,000 - 1,500 / USD 1,050 - 1,550

Sold: HKD 10,625


Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Watch based on designs registered in 1924 by Théophile Schwab Loeillet, Geneva (22, rue du Mont-Blanc), in: •  Switzerland: No. 18 195, No. 25 265,  No. 34 864 and No. 36 889; •  France: No. 509; •  Great Britain: No. 713 821; •  U.S.A.: No. 66 542 (February 3, 1925; filed June 2, 1924; for aterm of 14 years). it’s seems that a maximum of 2 000 pieces were produced, some by Holy Frères, Saint-Imier (Jura bernois), some by Huguenin Frères, Le Locle (Neuchâtel mountains); these two companies being at the time the main ones in the field of the manufacture of stamped watch cases.