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    Sale 2041

    Important Watches

    12 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 229

    CARTIER. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE LIMITED EDITION PLATINUM MYSTERY DRESS WATCH WITH CHAIN

    SIGNED CARTIER, NO. 1, CASE NO. 689713, CIRCA 1970

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    CARTIER. AN EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE LIMITED EDITION PLATINUM MYSTERY DRESS WATCH WITH CHAIN
    SIGNED CARTIER, NO. 1, CASE NO. 689713, CIRCA 1970
    Square-shaped nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, circular polished case, small eccentric circular aperture for the Mystery dial, blued steel moon-style hands, surrounded by engraved and inlaid black enamel Roman numerals on engine-turned chapter ring, case and movement signed, platinum Cartier link chain
    50mm diam.


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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 platinum chain.

    The talented 28 year old clockmaker, Maurice Coukt perfected the art of illusion with one of Cartier's masterpieces, the Mystery Clock beginning in 1913 with the celebrated Model A. The mechanism of these clocks is hidden in the frame so 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.