• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 71

    E. Gübelin. A very fine and rare mid-size 18K gold minute repeating wristwatch with black dial

    SIGNED E. GÜBELIN, CASE NO. 56571, CIRCA 1935

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    E. Gübelin. A very fine and rare mid-size 18K gold minute repeating wristwatch with black dial
    Signed E. Gübelin, case no. 56571, circa 1935
    Cal. 10''' nickel-finished lever movement, 29 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, wolf's tooth winding, minute repeating on two hammers onto a gong, black dial, applied gold Roman and baton numerals, gold moon-style hands, circular case, enlarged bezel, teardrop lugs, snap on back, repeating slide in the band, case numbered, dial and movement signed
    31 mm. diam.


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    Minute repeating wristwatches are amongst the rarest specialties of 20th century watchmaking due to the extremely difficult task of reducing the size of the repeating mechanism to fit into a case of wearable proportions.

    The present watch is a particularly appealing example, as it features an extremely refined 10 lignes movement, whereas the majority of vintage minute repeating wristwatches were fitted with movements generally sized 12 to 14 lignes. The typical late 1930s style dial finished in black lacquer and the lavish and classy case completed with teardrop lugs achieve an aesthetically most appealing appearance.

    E. Gübelin
    Founded in 1854, the famous company has always been a family enterprise. Located in Lucerne, Switzerland, E. Gübelin has been manufacturing and retailing superior quality watches and clocks ever since.