On occasion, Christie's has a direct financial interest in lots consigned for sale. This interest may include guaranteeing a minimum price to the consignor of property or making an advance to the consignor which is secured solely by consigned property. Such property is offered subject to a reserve. This is such a lot.
The present watch is illustrated in Tardy's Dictionnaire des Horlogers Français, p. 194. It was part of the Bloch-Pimentel Collection sold in Paris at Hotel Drouot in 1961, comprising 16th to 19th century watches, coach watches, automatons and clocks.