• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 364

    H.R. Ekegren, made by Ed. Koehn. An 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with power reserve, guillaume balance and Breguet numerals

    SIGNED H.R. EKEGREN, MADE BY ED. KOEHN, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, MADE FOR J.E. CALDWELL & CO., PHILADELPHIA, NO. 95'103, CIRCA 1920

    Price Realised  

    H.R. Ekegren, made by Ed. Koehn. An 18K gold openface keyless lever watch with power reserve, guillaume balance and Breguet numerals
    Signed H.R. Ekegren, made by Ed. Koehn, Geneva, Switzerland, Made for J.E. Caldwell & Co., Philadelphia, no. 95'103, circa 1920
    Nickel-finished lever movement, 21 jewels, guillaume balance, wolf's tooth winding, gold cuvette engraved H.R. Ekegren Genève, Suisse, made for J.E. Caldwell & Co., Philadelphia, gilt matte dial, Breguet numerals, fan-shaped sector for power reserve, subsidiary seconds, plain circular case, hidden hinges, engraved initials AMS to the back, case, cuvette, dial and movement signed
    46 mm. diam.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    The following two lots, 364 and 365, were made by the renowned firm Ed. Koehn in Geneva, often signing their watches "H.R. Ekegren".

    Henri Robert Ekegren (1823-1896) was a renowned Danish watch, clock and chronometer maker and watchmaker to the King of Denmark. He worked for Urban Jürgensen, Henry Golay, Joseph-Thaddeus Winnerl and Adolph Lange before setting up his own business in Geneva. In 1857, Ekegren founded together with Ferdinand Westermann a factory specializing in the production of chronometers which was sold to Edouard Koehn in 1891.
    Edouard Koehn or Ed. Koehn (1839-1908) started his horological career in the workshops of Patek Philippe as a watchmaker. In 1891 Koehn took over H.R. Ekegren, keeping the company's name and the founder as chief engineer until the latter's death in 1896. The firm, as of 1908 managed by Koehn's son Edouard, specialized in the production of flat or extra flat watches and complications and the improvement of the retrograde display mechanism. It appears that the company was dissolved in the mid 1930s.