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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

New York, Apr 20, 2016

LOT 173

COL. E. LESTER JONES'S TIFFANY & CO. SPLIT-SECOND CHRONOGRAPH MINUTE- REPEATER YELLOW GOLD Tiffany & Co., New York, No. 17398. Made circa 1900. Very fine and extremely rare, large, 18K yellow gold, keyless, minute-repeating pocket watch with split-seconds chronograph. Accompanied by a box and 10 pages of Col. Jones's biography.

Four-body, "bassine", polished, back monogramed ELJ, co-axial button in the crown for the start/stop and return- to-zero chronograph function, curved rectangular pusher on the band for the split-seconds function, locking bolt at 11 o`clock. Hinged gold cuvette. White enamel with painted radial Arabic numerals, outer 1/5th seconds track with red Arabic five minute/seconds markers, sunk subsidiary seconds dial. Blued steel spade hands. 19```, three-quarter plate, nickel plated, fausses côtes decoration, 29 jewels, straight-line calibrated lever escapement, cut-bimetallic compensation balance with gold adjustment screws, blued steel Breguet balance spring, repeating on gongs activated by a slide in the band.

USD 12,000 - 18,000

HKD 93,000 - 140,000 / CHF 12,000 - 18,000

Sold: USD 14,375


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-02

Very good

HANDS Service hands


Notes

Dial and movement signed, case numbered. DIAM. 55 mm. COLONEL ERNEST LESTER JONES, Founder of AMERICAN LEGION, was Head of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and a delegate to the International Survey.