Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 19, 2023

LOT 224


EUR 5,000 - 10,000

USD 5,400 - 10,800 / HKD 41,800 - 84,000 / CHF 5,000 - 9,900

Silver (0.935), hunting-case, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6, a concealed erotic scene, and one horological complication:
· Quarter-repeater by two hammers on two steel gongs (activated by the slide at 1 o’clock)

Cover and case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) with a short hunting scene and a hunting trophy.

White enamel dial with radial Roman numerals; blued steel “Spade” hands.

On the cuvette (dome) a polychrome painted on enamel scene showing near a lake a beautiful young woman with a light thigh, her skirts raised, being gaily taken by a young moustachioed man with his trousers down; one can imagine in what haste these public romps take place but let’s hope for the frightened young virgin that this young man is not a premature ejaculator!

Movement 18’’’, ¾ plate, nickel-plated, going barrel, gold screwed-chatons (setting), lever escapement, uncut bimetallic compensated balance with gold poising screws and blued steel hairspring with terminal curve, polished steel index regulator; automaton work on the top plate.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Unsigned, Switzerland

Year circa 1900

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 26 118

Material silver (0.935 sterling)

Diameter 54 mm.

Caliber 18’’’, lever escapement

Weight 145.2 gr. (approx.)


This type of erotic automaton watch probably originated in the workshops of A. Lugrin from l’Orient-de-L’Orbe (Vallée de Joux), who produced these “economical” watches in La Chaux-de-Fonds around 1900.