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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 251

    Golay Fils & Stahl. A fine and rare 18K gold openface two train dual time independent seconds keyless lever stop watch with date and flying fifths of a second

    SIGNED GOLAY FILS & STAHL, GENEVE, NO. 8511, CIRCA 1885

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    Golay Fils & Stahl. A fine and rare 18K gold openface two train dual time independent seconds keyless lever stop watch with date and flying fifths of a second
    Signed Golay Fils & Stahl, Geneve, No. 8511, circa 1885
    Nickel-finished fully jewelled two train lever movement wound in both directions, bimetallic compensation balance, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, outer Arabic five minute divisions for the independent centre seconds, four subsidiary dials for date, two time zones with Arabic numerals, flying fifths of a second and constant seconds, heavy engine-turned circular case, ribbed band, engraved shield-shaped cartouche with crown and a griffin holding a sceptre in its beak to the back, two push buttons for setting the hour dials and independent seconds and flying fifths of a seconds stop/start lever in the band, independent seconds stop/start button in the crown, case and movement numbered 8511, cuvette signed A. Golay-Leresche, Genève, dial signed Golay Fils & Stahl Genève
    51 mm. diam.


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    Golay Fils & Stahl
    Founded in 1837 by the watch and clock maker Golay-Leresche at 31, quai des Bergues in Geneva, the family run company specialized in the production of high quality watches for which they obtained various medals and awards. They quickly became an important asset to Geneva's economy and were recognizable amongst the best watch manufacturers of Switzerland, both nationally and internationally.

    Their products comprised highly complicated watches such as an 18K gold openface minute repeating perpetual calendar watch with phases of the moon, sunrise, sunset and equation of time, made circa 1910 for the Maharaja of Patiala.

    To honour the firm and their fine watches, masterpieces signed Golay Fils & Stahl from an important private collection were exhibited in the Musée de l'Horlogerie et de l'Emaillerie in Geneva from 26 May 2000 to 16 January 2001 "Les Heures Précieuses, Golay Fils & Stahl, Genève 1837 - 1940".