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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 199

    Cartier. A fine and rare 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with two-tone silvered dial and 24 hour display

    SIGNED CARTIER, PARIS, CASE NOS. 8340 AND 4857, STAMPED JC AND WITH LONDON IMPORT LETTER, MANUFACTURED IN 1919

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    Cartier. A fine and rare 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with two-tone silvered dial and 24 hour display
    Signed Cartier, Paris, case nos. 8340 and 4857, stamped JC and with London import letter, manufactured in 1919
    With nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, the engine-turned two-tone silvered dial with black enamel Roman numerals on blank chapter ring, blued steel hands, inner ring calibrated for the Arabic 24 hour indication, in slim circular case, case numbered, dial signed
    45 mm. diam.


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    According to the Archives of Cartier, the present watch was sold by Cartier in Paris in 1919, based on the London import letter presumably to a client in England.

    A similar watch is illustrated in Le Temps de Cartier by Jader Barracca, Giampiero Negretti, Franco Nencini, p. 28.