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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 269

    Cartier. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold limited edition "Mystery" dress watch with chain

    SIGNED CARTIER, NO. 1, CASE NO. 689'692, CIRCA 1970

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    Cartier. An extremely fine and rare 18K gold limited edition "Mystery" dress watch with chain
    Signed Cartier, No. 1, case no. 689'692, circa 1970
    With square-shaped nickel-finished lever movements, 17 jewels, in circular case with small eccentric circular aperture for the "Mystery" dial with blued steel moon-style hands, surrounded by engraved and inlaid black enamel Roman numerals on engine-turned chapter ring, in circular polished case with swivel box, 18K gold Cartier link chain, case and movement signed
    50 mm. diam., the chain with an overall length of 41 cm.


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    The present watch is number one of an extremely small series of "Mystery Dress Watches" made by Cartier in the early 1970s in both gold and platinum. It is accompanied by the original Cartier gold chain.
    The talented 28 year old clockmaker Maurice Couët perfected the art of illusion in one of Cartier's masterpieces, the Mystery Clock, the success story beginning in 1913 with the celebrated "Model A". The mechanism of these clocks is hidden in the frame so that the hands seem to float in space without any connection to the movement. Rather than moving by conventional clock-making techniques, the hands are set into two rotating crystal discs with toothed metal rims that are propelled by gears in the case of the clock or watch.

    For a Cartier "Mystery Clock" and detailed note on these timepieces see lot 272 in this auction.