• Lot 2792

    HENRY MOSER & CIE

    A RARE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER POCKET WATCH WITH CONCEALED EROTIC AUTOMATON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET

    NO. 60705, CIRCA 1900

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    HENRY MOSER & CIE

    A RARE 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL HUNTER CASE MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER POCKET WATCH WITH CONCEALED EROTIC AUTOMATON, MADE FOR THE CHINESE MARKET
    NO. 60705, CIRCA 1900

    Calibre 20''', jewelled, Earnshaw balance, minute repeating on two gongs via two polished steel hammers, gold cuvette with small catch, when pressed revealing a finely painted enamel scene of a partially dressed lady and sailor, with erotic automata, moving when the repeating mechanism is activated, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, small seconds, finely pierced and decorative gold hands, the front cover with polychrome enamel scene possibly depicting the "Dido and Aeneas", seed pearl-set rim, the reverse with polychrome enamel scene depicting fighting galleons at sea, seed pearl-set rim, in heavy case with five piece hinge, blue enamel decorative border, minute repeating mechanism activated by a slide in the band, dial signed, case and cuvette numbered
    Diameter: 58 mm.


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    US$38,000-64,000
    EUR25,000-41,500

    Johann Heinrich Moser, better known as Henry Moser, was born on 12 December 1805 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. His father, Erhard (1760 - 1829) was a clockmaker and city councillor.

    In the early 20th century, Moser was one of the main suppliers to the Russian market, notably to the Imperial Court and Carl Faberge.

    To mark the bicentenary of Heinrich Moser's birth in 2005, the successor company Moser Schaffhausen AG, under the H. Moser & Cie brand, is once again launching a range of watches faithful to the legacy of the firm's original founder.