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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 101

UNSIGNED SKELETON POCKET WATCH WITH QUARTER-REPEATER AND TWO STRIKING JACKS AND AN AUTOMATON SCENE; 18K YELLOW GOLD AND MULTICOLOURED GOLD

18K yellow gold, open-face, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with one horological complication: quarter-repeater on two steel gongs (activated by depressing the pendant) The chiselled varicoloured gold scene shows two Jacquemarts (Jacks), “Les Bons Sauvages”, striking the elapsed time (the woman, on the left, strikes the hours and the first shot of the quarters while the man, on the right, strikes the second shot of the quarters, and, below, a goat moves its mouth; all animated by the repeating mechanism.

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1800-1810

Movement No. 1 934

Calibre  21’’’ gilded brass, verge escapement

Case No. 1 934

Diameter 56.4 mm

HKD 32,000 - 40,000

CHF 3,980 - 4,880 / USD 4,000 - 5,000

TO BE SOLD WITHOUT RESERVE

Sold: HKD 50,000


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

Originally, under the scene set at six o’clock, there is a second concealed automaton erotic scene (discovered and activated by the push-piece at 6 o’clock) showing a couple making love. Unfortunately, the automata, for some unknown reason, are missing.