• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

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    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 300

    Thomas Dutton. An unusual 18K gold openface split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch

    SIGNED THOS. D. DUTTON, CHELMSFORD, NO. 10115, CASE STAMPED EN FOR EMIL NIELSEN AND WITH LONDON DATE LETTER FOR 1909

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    Thomas Dutton. An unusual 18K gold openface split seconds chronograph keyless lever watch
    Signed Thos. D. Dutton, Chelmsford, No. 10115, case stamped EN for Emil Nielsen and with London date letter for 1909
    Gilt-finished three quarter plate lever movement, finely engraved going barrel, balance cock and foot, large bimetallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, free sprung regulator, gold cuvette, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, two sunk subsidiary dials for 60 minutes register and constant seconds, plain circular case, inlaid polychrome enamel initials IDO to the hinged back, split seconds chronograph operated trough one button in the band and through the crown, case and cuvette stamped with casemaker's initials EN for Emil Nielsen and numbered, movement signed and numbered
    56 mm. diam.


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    Nicole, Nielsen
    Towards the end of the Victorian era and for the first 30 years of the 20th Century Nicole, Nielsen & Co. crafted some of the finest and most complicated English watches ever made.

    In 1839 Adolphe Nicole and Jules Capt, both talented Swiss watchmakers, set up business in London at 80B Dean Street. Nicole & Capt were highly successful and won medals in many international exhibitions. In 1876 Jules Capt died and in the same year his place as partner was filled by the Danish-born watchmaker Sophus Emil Nielsen and the company became Nicole, Nielsen & Co.

    By 1880 the company was being run by Nielsen. They specialised in making super-complicated keyless watches often incorporating specifications such as perpetual calendar, chronograph, split seconds chronograph, repetition, temperature, equation of time and their most famous escapement; the Nicole Nielsen tourbillon.