• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 301

    Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter case minute repeating perpetual calendar chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phases

    UNSIGNED, RETAILED BY HENRY LEWIS, 172 NEW BOND ST, LONDON, N.W., NO. 11'397, CIRCA 1890

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    Swiss. A fine 18K gold hunter case minute repeating perpetual calendar chronograph keyless lever watch with moon phases
    Unsigned, retailed by Henry Lewis, 172 New Bond St, London, N.W., no. 11'397, circa 1890
    Gilt-finished highly jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, repeating on two hammers onto a gong, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, four subsidiary dials for month and leap year display, day, date, moon phases, lunar calendar and constant seconds, large circular case, polychrome enamel coat-of-arms and motto Mortem Aut Triumphum to the front, chronograph button and repeating slide in the band, case stamped HG and numbered, cuvette signed by retailer
    55 mm. diam.


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    The movement of the present watch, although unsigned, is of highest quality and very similar to a version of the famous "LeCoultre 19/20 RMCSQ" calibre.

    Henry Lewis, retailer of fine watches, jewellery and silver, was active in London from 1876 until probably the early 20th century. The firm was recorded as Henry Lewis & Co. at 172 New Bond Street, London, from 1880 to 1898.

    The coat-of-arms on the present watch are most probably those of a member of the Grey de Ruthyn family, motto "Mortem aut triumphum" (death or triumph), showing a dexter arm embowed in armour holding a sword.