Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 13, 2016

LOT 153

QUARTER-REPEATING Swiss, circa 1800. Very fine and rare 18K gold, very rare and unusual, quarter-repeating automaton watch with the Jacks striking hours and quarters on two bells

CHF 8,000 - 12,000

HKD 64,000 - 96,000 / USD 8,000 - 12,000

Sold: CHF 10,000

Double body Directoire, polished back. White enamel small eccentric with Breguet numerals. Steel blue hands. White enamel with applied four-coloured gold Jacks striking hours and quarters, flanked on each side of two bells below the dial. Hinged gilt brass full plate with conical pillars, fusee and chain, verge escapement, plain gold three-arm balance, flat balance spring, gilt brass continental clock with polished end-piece. Striking on two bells by depressing the pendant. Hinged gilt brass dust cap.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-19



Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


DIAM. 52 mm. THICKNESS 27 mm. As opposed to most other repeating automaton watches, which are fitted with mock automata, hours and quarters being struck by hammers on gongs, in this watch the hammers held by the automata actually hit the bells.