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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 193

    Swiss. A fine and rare 18K gold, enamel and diamond-set hunter case minute repeating keyless lever watch with blacksmith jaquemarts automaton

    UNSIGNED, CASE NO. 5349, CIRCA 1900

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    Swiss. A fine and rare 18K gold, enamel and diamond-set hunter case minute repeating keyless lever watch with blacksmith jaquemarts automaton
    Unsigned, case no. 5349, circa 1900
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 19’’’, 29 jewels, minute repeating with two hammers on two gongs
    DIAL: annular white enamel, Roman numerals, blued steel centre with animated blacksmiths forging at the anvil during the repeating creating the illusion that the sound is made by striking the anvil, subsidiary seconds
    CASE: 18K gold, entirely engraved in a repeated pattern, both covers decorated with translucent royal blue enamel over sunray engine-turning, the front cover with a central gold engraved and rose-cut diamond-set flower spray, repeating slide in the band, glazed gold-rimmed cover and hinged gold cuvette, 54 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case numbered 5349


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    The “forgerons” or blacksmith automaton watches are rare, only a few examples have ever appeared publically. The present watch is a fine example in a hunter case lavishly decorated with enamel and diamonds. The movement is also of high quality, attributable to LeCoultre.

    Pre-Lot Text

    LOTS 193 - 196: THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTOR