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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 231

The Royal Geographical Society & Arthur Imhof S.A.
8-day going World Time table clock; “The Royal Geographical Society World Clock”; limited edition; gilded brass, lacquered metal and wood

CHF 1,000 - 2,000

EUR 950 - 1,850 / USD 1,100 - 2,200 / HKD 8,400 - 16,800


Sold: CHF 3,250

Gilded brass, lacquered metal and wood, 8-day going, keyless-winding, World Time table clock in the shape of a terrestrial globe marked in gold on a black background, supported by a square frame; 24-hour “cercle tournant”-type annular dial; on a wooden base.

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Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand The Royal Geographical Society – Arthur Imhof, London and La Chaux-de-Fonds

Model “The Royal Geographical Society World Clock”

Year circa 1979-1981

Material gilded brass, lacquered metal and wood

Length 224 mm.

Caliber lever escapement

Height 280 mm.

Width 224 mm.

Weight 3 500 gr. (approx.)

Signature case and movement


The “Royal Geographical Society World Clock” was designedby the British watchmaker Richard Good,with the goal of being able to view the time, at a glance,in all parts of the world. The clock was edited by the Franklin Mint Ltd., London; at the time, in 1980, the price was 1 995 guilders.

· Winding the movement
The clock must be wound up once every 7 days.You do this by turning the crown (globe knob) clockwiseuntil it can’t go any further.

· Setting the time
You do that by pulling out the crown (globe/knob)) and thenmove it clockwise to the correct time near the viewfinder (visor).

· Setting the globe
Turn the globe by means of the brass plate until thecorrect time-zone is above the viewfinder (visor).Now the time in all parts of the world is visible.


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