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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 203

    Thomas Engel. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold openface keyless lever jump hour watch with sweep centre seconds, power reserve, bow winding and setting mechanism and regulator dial

    SIGNED THOMAS ENGEL, CHRONOMÈTRE – TYPE CONCOURS OBSERVATOIRE, NO. 39, CIRCA 1985

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    Thomas Engel. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold openface keyless lever jump hour watch with sweep centre seconds, power reserve, bow winding and setting mechanism and regulator dial
    Signed Thomas Engel, Chronomètre – Type Concours Observatoire, no. 39, circa 1985
    MOVEMENT: manual, cal. 5011.K, 19 jewels
    DIAL: engine-turned silver, regulator-type, gold-rimmed window for the Arabic jump hours, engraved Arabic minute numerals on outer brushed chapter ring, outermost brushed ring with inlaid black enamel Arabic numerals for the centre seconds, fan-shaped 36 hours "up/down" power reserve indication, blued steel Breguet hands
    CASE: 18K pink gold, polished bezel, engine-turned band and screw back, gold glazed dust cover, ball-type swiveling pendant acting as the winding crown and setting mechanism, 56 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: dial and movement signed, case stamped with Thomas Engel punch mark


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    Professor Thomas Engel (b. 1927 in Germany, d. 2015 in Switzerland), inventor, author and watch aficionado, collector and maker, was an international coryphée in the field of researching polymers. He held around 120 patents in organic chemistry and was awarded numerous honours and prices in this field, including the 1972 "Diesel Prize" which he jointly won with Dr. Wernher von Braun, one of the most important rocket developers and specialist of space exploration.

    Professor Engel was not only a famous watch collector but also a passionate "self-made" maker of technically outstanding timepieces. From the moment he first held a pocket watch in his hands, incidentally a Breguet, he knew he had found a passion that would take his life in another direction. Within the horological community, he is acknowledged for his understanding of the life and works of Abraham Louis Breguet, on whom he also published a biography.

    His interest spanned beyond the average collector, applying his knowledge and skills to watchmaking, producing watches made in the style and technique of Breguet. Of outstanding quality and finesse, these so-called "Engel Breguets", such as the present example, have become highly sought-after collector's pieces.


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