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    Sale 1992

    Important Watches

    24 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 178

    AGASSIZ. A FINE AND RARE 14K GOLD WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH

    SIGNED AGASSIZ, NO. 4624579, CIRCA 1945

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    AGASSIZ. A FINE AND RARE 14K GOLD WORLD TIME WRISTWATCH
    Signed Agassiz, No. 4624579, circa 1945
    With nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, silvered matte dial with applied Roman and disk numerals, revolving ring depicting the diurnal and nocturnal hours on silvered and black backgrounds, the outer ring calibrated with various cities of the world, circular case with scultped, partially hooded lugs, case, dial and movement signed
    32mm diam.


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    Since the late 19th century, as society experienced continuously increasing mobility, watchmakers were challenged to invent new mechanisms to reflect the fact that the globe is divided up into 24 time zones. Thus the world time feature was created. This ingenious mechanism has been invented and patented by Louis Cottier, a celebrated watchmaker from Geneva, who worked closely with Geneva's most renowned watch manufacturers such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin and Agassiz.