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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 346

    Anon. An unusual 18K gold hunter case two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie perpetual calendar chronograph keyless and keywound lever clock watch with phases of the moon

    UNSIGNED, NO. 1676, CASE STAMPED WITH CASEMAKER'S INITIALS L.W. AND LONDON DATE LETTER FOR 1886

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    Anon. An unusual 18K gold hunter case two train minute repeating grande and petite sonnerie perpetual calendar chronograph keyless and keywound lever clock watch with phases of the moon
    Unsigned, no. 1676, case stamped with casemaker's initials L.W. and London date letter for 1886
    The three quarter plate gilt-finished jewelled two train lever movement wound by turning the crown to either side or with a key, screwed gold chatons, bimetallic compensation balance with gold poising screws, minute repeating and en passant grande and petite sonnerie striking on two polished steel hammers onto two gongs, gold cuvette, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, outer scale calibrated for 300 units, four subsidiary dials indicating month combined with leap year indicator, day, date and phases of the moon combined with constant seconds and lunar calendar, in plain massive circular case, two levers for strike/silent, quarters/hours sonnerie underneath the bezel, repeating slide and chronograph button in the band, case and cuvette numbered, stamped with casemaker's initials L.W. and London date letter for 1886
    55 mm. diam.


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    The case of the present watch is stamped with casemaker's initials L.W., most probably for Louis Weill. Active at Hatton Garden in London and in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Louis Weill and his partners H. Harburg and Charles Feis, are listed as wholesale and export watch manufacturers (see The Directory of Gold and Silversmiths by John Culme, Vol. I, p. 474).