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A.S. & F. (Armand Schwob & Frère, La Chaux-de-Fonds). A fine and very rare 18K pink gold keyless "mystérieuse" watch
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A.S. & F. (Armand Schwob & Frère, La Chaux-de-Fonds). A fine and very rare 18K pink gold keyless "mystérieuse" watch

SIGNED A.S. & F., MYSTÉRIEUSE, BREVETÉ S.G.D.G., MOVEMENT NO. 858, CASE NO. 780, CIRCA 1900

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A.S. & F. (Armand Schwob & Frère, La Chaux-de-Fonds). A fine and very rare 18K pink gold keyless "mystérieuse" watch
Signed A.S. & F., Mystérieuse, Breveté S.G.D.G., movement no. 858, case no. 780, circa 1900
Movement: manual, crescent-shaped, jewelled cylinder escapement, numbered
Dial: eccentric glass with painted gilt numerals, foliate engine-turned gold dial plates concealing the movement, signed
Case: three-body, hinged bezels glazed on both sides, 54 mm. diam., numbered

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Lot Essay

The present watch is a fine and very well preserved example of a "Mystérieuse" watch. It is furthermore believed to be one of only around 10 known to date with gold cases as opposed to the more commonly found silver version.

Patented by Armand Schwob & Frère in Paris on 24 January 1889, the "mystérieuse" or "mystery" watches were built on the principle invented by Robert-Houdin for clocks: the watch appears to work without any mechanical movement, the hands without any apparent means of connection. In fact it is driven by the crescent-shaped movement concealed above the dial in the border, the hands attached to and revolving along with the glass plates.

Probably intended for the Chinese market, several watches of this model are known with the additional signature of the retailer J. Ullmann of Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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