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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 214

    Agassiz. A very attractive 14K pink gold world time wristwatch

    SIGNED AGASSIZ, CASE AND MOVEMENT NO. 306’044, CIRCA 1940

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    Agassiz. A very attractive 14K pink gold world time wristwatch
    Signed Agassiz, case and movement no. 306’044, circa 1940
    MOVEMENT: manual, 17 jewels
    DIAL: silvered, baton and Roman numerals, railway minute divisions, 24 hours black and silvered revolving ring, outer silvered brushed ring with 31 world cities
    CASE: 14K pink gold, teardrop lugs, snap on back, 30 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement


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    One of the earliest interpretation of the acclaimed, and still in use today, Louis Cottier’s world time system, the present watch is offered in extremely honest condition. The scale and numerals are engraved/enameled, a very costly and high-quality procedure which gives extremely durable dials as a result. Interestingly, this watch bears a striking resemblance with Patek Philippe's first serially produced world time wristwatch, ref. 1415. Both models share a similar case, dial and even the design of the "compass" hands.

    While the present watch does not feature a quick setting system for the city ring (in case of travel to another time zone), the ring can be very easily adjusted by opening the case, a simple and convenient solution to the problem.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR