12 May 2008,
Price realised CHF 29,800
Estimate CHF 4,000 - CHF 6,000
George de la Courtine. A rare and early gilt metal and rock crystal pre-balance spring verge watch
Signed George de la Courtine à Genève, circa 1650
With gilt-finished verge movement, gut fusée, unusual pierced and engraved pillars in the shape of mythical fish, finely pierced and engraved elongated balance cock and foot, steel two-armed pre-hairspring balance wheel, worm set-up with blued steel decorative mounts, ratchet and wheel regulation, the silver dial with engraved and blackened Roman numerals and half-hour divisions, single blued steel hand with central rosette decoration, in circular later rock crystal and plastic case, gilt brass bezels, ring pendant and seven-piece hinge, movement signed
39 mm. diam.
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The Genevan watchmaker George de la Courtine was active in the second half of the 17th century. He specialized in small pendant watches and form watches.