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Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Hong Kong, Oct 27, 2019

LOT 447

UNSIGNED, ATTRIBUTABLE TO W. ZUMSTEIN OR CH. RENGGER POCKET WATCH, ALARM, MOCK PENDULUM, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET; CHROMIUM-PLATED METAL

Chromium-plated metal, open-face, round-shaped, pocket watch, with alarm. Dial with a visible mock pendulum visible inside an aperture in the base of a traditional “Neuchâteloise” clock

Brand Unsigned

Year Circa 1900

Movement No.  7 980

Calibre  20’’’, lever escapement

Case No. 30 236

Diameter 58.6 mm

HKD 12,000 - 15,000

CHF 1,500 - 2,000 / USD 1,550 - 2,050

Sold: HKD 26,250


Grading System
Grade: A

Good

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01

Good

HANDS Original


Notes

Watches with mock pendulum insert in a “Neuchâteloise” clock decoration This type of watches seems to have been made by two manufacturers from the Val-de-Travers: W. Zumstein, Couvet, and Charles Rengger, Fleurier. They produced “novelty” watches with mock pendulum, especially made for the Chinese Market between 1903 and 1909; watches now so-called “La petite pendule”. Bibliography Chapuis, Alfred, La Montre Chinoise, Neuchâtel, 1919, pp. 214-215, fig. 183-184.