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Borel Fils & Cie. A fine 14K gold hunter case keyless lever carillon minute repeating watch, made for the Russian Market
Borel Fils & Cie. A fine 14K gold hunter case keyless lever carillon minute repeating watch, made for the Russian Market

SIGNED BOREL FILS & CIE., NEUCHATEL, NO. 88372, CIRCA 1890

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Borel Fils & Cie. A fine 14K gold hunter case keyless lever carillon minute repeating watch, made for the Russian Market
Signed Borel Fils & Cie., Neuchatel, No. 88372, circa 1890
With gilt-finished lever movement, 32 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, carillon minute repeating on three polished steel hammers onto three gongs, glazed cuvette, the engine-turned gold dial with Breguet numerals on blank chapter ring, subsidiary seconds, in engine-turned circular case with repeating slide in the band, together with a short length of an 18K gold fob chain and Deutsches Reich 10 Mark gold coin dated 1888, the back inscribed Friedrich Deutscher Kaiser König v. Preussen and centred by his portrait, case, dial and movement signed
57 mm. diam.

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Borel Fils & Co., Neuchâtel, were founded in 1850 and specialized in the manufacture of precision watches mainly for the Russian market.

The gold coin attached to the fob of the present watch was mint to commemorate Friedrich III ascension to the throne of Prussia in 1888. As his reign lasted only 99 days, such coins were in circulation only during a short period of time.

Friedrich III, Deutscher Kaiser, König von Preussen (18 October 1831 - 15 June 1888) was the son of Wilhelm I Ludwig, Deutscher Kaiser, König von Preussen and Marie Luise Auguste Catherine Prinzessin von Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach. Married to Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom (see lot 438 in this auction), he was crowned Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia on 9 March 1888 after the death of his father.

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