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87th Auction: Important Watches, Clocks and Snuff-Boxes

by Auktionen Dr. Crott

Platinum House

604 lots with images

May 11, 2013

Live Auction

SkyLoft Event Center

Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Frankurt, Germany

Phone: 00 49 621 32 88 650

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Officine Panerai Brevettate

Lot 1: Officine Panerai Brevettate "Radiomir" / Rolex SA, Genève Suisse, 31 Victoires, Haute Precision, Brevetee, Case No. 260838, Type D, Ref. 3646, Cal. 618 / Type 1, 47 x 54 mm, circa 1940

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Description: A military diver's watch of the German Navy with photo documentation Case: steel, screw back, later crown. Dial: later, black, Arabic numerals, luminous hands. Movm.: bridge movement, nickel-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, chatoned, 17 jewels, monometallic screw balance. Extensively discussed and illustrated by Ralf Ehlers & Volker Wiegmann, www.vintagepanerai.com, the highly recommended website for vintage Panerai watches.

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G. Panerai & Figlio, Firenze / Instituto Idrografico della Marina, Genua, Nr. 172, circa 1947

Lot 2: G. Panerai & Figlio, Firenze / Instituto Idrografico della Marina, Genua, Nr. 172, circa 1947

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Description: A watchmaker’s extremely rare lathe with 65 spring collets and 3 three-jaw chucks, inner and outer jaws and other accessories; only five of its kind were created for the Istituto Idrografico della Marina Panerai has produced various types of lathes with different beds, ranging from 200 to 500 mm. The lathe is mounted on a wooden base and comes with additional tools to be used on the lathe, depending on the mechanical work to be done. A collection of spring collets is part of the auction too. The spring collets bear the famous GPF logo (Guido Panerai & Figlio) on the heads aside the sizes. The drill chuck bears the GPF logo as well and the number 172 (probably a matriculation number, giving the idea of how many of these high precision instruments have been produced). It has been nice to observethis rare instrument and spot some Panerai DNA on many corners of the high precision lathe. There is additional information available about high precision lathes from Panerai; these instruments are also featured in the book "Panerai Historia" (by Giampiero Negretti / Officine Panerai) on page 28/29 and in the book "La Panerai di Firenze" (by Dino Zei / CLD Libri) on page 74. Text by Volker Wiegmann. Extensively discussed and illustrated by Ralf Ehlers & Volker Wiegmann, www.vintagepanerai.com, the highly recommended website for vintage Panerai watches.

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Officine Panerai Brevetee

Lot 3: Officine Panerai Brevetee "Radiomir", Rolex SA-Genève, Suisse, 31 Victoires, Haute Precision, Case No. 1009992, Ref. 3646 / Type B, Rolex Cal. 618 / Type 1, 46 x 46 mm, circa 1940

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Description: An important diving watch produced for the Italian navy - 13 watches of this type are known today Case: steel, screw back, "Brevet Plus" winding crown, original plumb seal, old leather strap with a big “belt style” buckle. Dial: black, "sandwich" type, luminous Arabic numerals/indexes, luminous baton brass hands. Movm.: bridge movement, Rolex cal. 618 / Type 1, nickel-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, chatoned, 17 jewels, monometallic screw balance. Radiomir Panerai Because of the 1914 invention of the luminous material "Radiomir" - a mix of zinc sulfide and radium bromide - the Panerai dials could be read well at night and in deep water. Panerai made use of this advantage in his watches and wascommissioned to produce the first diver's wristwatches, called "Radiomir". The first prototypes were still produced at Rolex, the later watches and their cases were produced at Panerai according to Oyster standards. In 1936 the Panerai Radiomir became a part of the secret naval equipment. Source: Vintage Panerai, "Die Referenzen" by Ehlers & Wiegmann GbR, 2009 With the kind support of Ralf Ehlers & Volker Wiegmann, www.vintagepanerai.com, the highly recommended website for vintage Panerai watches.

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Officine Panerai Brevetee

Lot 4: Officine Panerai Brevetee "Radiomir", Rolex SA-Genève, Suisse, 31 Victoires, Haute Precision, Case No. 958697, Ref. 6152, Rolex Cal. 618 / Typ 2, 47 x 47 mm, circa 1953

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Description: An important diving watch produced for the navy with contemporary leather strap, original movement protection cap and engraving "S. M. Z. M.M. 170" - this is the rarest reference Panerai ever produced, only 10 watches of this kind are known today Case: steel, screw back ref. 6152-1, "Brevet" winding crown, solid strap lugs, original leather bracelet and original buckle. Dial: bluish black, "sandwich" type, luminous Arabic numerals/indexes, luminous baton brass hands. Movm.: bridge movement, cal. 618 / type 2, nickel-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, chatoned, 15 jewels, monometallic screw balance, without Incabloc shock protection. "Reference 6152 and ref. 6154 (which was produced for the Egyptian navy) are two ofthe most unique vintage watches Panerai ever produced. We know of only 10 ref. 6152 models, they come in two number groups: 956632 to 956643 and 958697 to 958713. The combination of 6152 case and 6152/1 caseback isn't an individual issue – until today only two 6152 watches are known with “matching” 6152 casebacks. The 6152/1 caseback which comes with this watch, bears the engraving "S.M.Z. M.M. 170". "S.M.Z." is the abbreviation for the Italian word "sommozzatore" and means helmet diver; "M.M." stands for "Marina Militare" (Italian Navy)." Kindly supported by Ralf Ehlers & Volker Wiegmann, www.vintagepanerai.com., the reference web site for vintage Panerai watches. Radiomir Panerai Because of the 1914 invention of the luminous material "Radiomir" - a mix of zinc sulfide and radium bromide - the Panerai dials could be read well at night and in deep water. Panerai made use of thisadvantage in his watches and was commissioned to produce the first diver's wristwatches, called "Radiomir". The first prototypes were still produced at Rolex, the later watches and their cases were produced at Panerai according to Oyster standards. In 1936 the Panerai Radiomir became a part of the secret naval equipment. Source: Quelle: Vintage Panerai, "Die Referenzen" von Ehlers & Wiegmann GbR aus 2009

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Patek Philippe, Genève, T3 master clock system, Height 800 mm, circa 1975, 6 units. The T3 system can be described as follows:

Lot 5: Patek Philippe, Genève, T3 master clock system, Height 800 mm, circa 1975, 6 units. The T3 system can be described as follows:

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Description: If two clocks show two different times, you do not know which one has the right time. Only if a third clock confirms one of the times the doubt is removed. Three clock units separately count the time. Each one is equipped with a quartz - crystal oscillator and all electronic dividers. The results are then compared with each other in the control unit which is build in the time unit C. If one of those clock units shows a difference, this unit with the wrong time is automatically switched off. To increase the precision the clock-system is synchronized each second by the time signal of the observatory Prangins Genève. Only this system guarantees the highest precision and accuracy possible. The local time of seven different cities is shown on seven small dials.Antenna is missing, extremely rare.

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(*) F. N. Tietz, Kiel / Strasser & Rohde, Glashütte/Sachsen, Case No. 119, diameter 89 mm, circa 1910

Lot 6: (*) F. N. Tietz, Kiel / Strasser & Rohde, Glashütte/Sachsen, Case No. 119, diameter 89 mm, circa 1910

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Description: A rare Strasser & Rohde 1/100 of a second chronograph Case: chromium plated, glazed, bottom winding. Dial: silvered, 3-circle-dial, up/down indication, blued hands. Movm.: brass, chain/fusee, special type of cylinder escapement. Tietz, F.N., Kiel Born February 21, 1843 in Heide, died November 9, 1931 in Kiel. Citizen’s oath in Kiel 1886, workshop in Herzog-Friedrich Street no. 28; listed as chronometer maker in the 1915 directory. Source: Index of German chronometer makers as of April 2012 – documented by Uhrenwerkstatt Flessner

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F. L. Löbner Berlin W. / Strasser & Rohde, Glashütte/Sachsen, Case No. 651, diameter 89 mm, circa 1920

Lot 7: F. L. Löbner Berlin W. / Strasser & Rohde, Glashütte/Sachsen, Case No. 651, diameter 89 mm, circa 1920

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Description: A rare Strasser & Rohde 1/100 of a second chronograph Case: brass, glazed, laquered, bottom wind. Dial: silvered, 3-circle-dial, up/down indication, blued hands. Movm.: brass, chain/fusee, special type of cylinder escapement. H.J. Kummer explained: "These clocks which are able to measure tertia are standard equipment for every observatory... The instruments were usually delivered with a certificate by the national physico-technical institute... Most of them were used for military purposes. About 350 of these precision instruments were produced."

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F. M. Fedchenko, No. 36, circa 1980

Lot 8: F. M. Fedchenko, No. 36, circa 1980

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Description: An extremely rare, astronomical precision regulator in pressure constant tank. Regulator accuracy 2-3 x 10-9 meets the accuracy of professional quartz time pieces. These clocks were manufactured and tested at the "Laboratory of pendulum instruments of the All Union Scientific Research Institute of Physicotechnical and Radiotechnical Measurements, Moscow". Heavy, grey painted, steel tank with glass bowls on top and bottom. Steel suspension for tank. Steel pendulum suspension with FedchenkoŽs isochronous pendulum spring - patented three spring system. Invar steel pendulum. The success of the astronomical Shortt regulators were surpassed 40 years after their development by Riefler Typ "E" and Fedchenko. There have been only a few of this instruments built and delivered without exception to observatories. From the physical point of view it is notpossible of getting astronomical regulators more accurate. Sources: Klaus Erbrich "Präzisionspendeluhren", Munich 1978; George Feinstein "F.M. Fedchenko and his pendulum astronomical clocks", NAWCC Seminar Cleveland, Ohio.

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Hanhart, Cal. 15, Ref. 5510, 39 mm, circa 1957

Lot 9: Hanhart, Cal. 15, Ref. 5510, 39 mm, circa 1957

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Description: An aviator's rare antimagnetic "fly-back" chronograph of the Deutsche Bundesluftwaffe Case: steel, screw back, turnable bezel. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, luminous hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, rhodium-plated, ground, finely ground chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, monometallic screw balance, shock protection for balance.

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Longines, Movement No. 5487593, Case No. 5457593, Cal. 13ZN, 35 mm, circa 1934

Lot 10: Longines, Movement No. 5487593, Case No. 5457593, Cal. 13ZN, 35 mm, circa 1934

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Description: An aviator's rare, early chronograph Case: steel,2 hinged push backs, reeded turnable bezel. Dial: black, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, luminous skeleton hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, frosted, gilt, ground bevelled chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, Glucydur screw balance.

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Hanhart, Movement No. 110607, Case No. 110607, 41 mm, circa 1940

Lot 11: Hanhart, Movement No. 110607, Case No. 110607, 41 mm, circa 1940

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Description: A rare single button chronograph of the German Air Force Case: nickel, anodized, steel screw back with engraving. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, luminous Mercedes hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, ground chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, monometallic screw balance, shock protection for balance.

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Helvetia, Case No. D40307H / D40058H, Ref. 3190, 34 mm, circa 1940

Lot 12: Helvetia, Case No. D40307H / D40058H, Ref. 3190, 34 mm, circa 1940

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Description: A rare lot of two identical service watches of the German "Wehrmacht" - "new old stock" Case: chromium-plated, steel screw backs. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals, luminous hands. Movm.: 1/2 plate movement, nickel-plated, ground, chatoned, monometallic screw balance, shock protection for balances.

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Lemania, Movement No. 28160, Case No. 52723, 37 mm, circa 1935

Lot 13: Lemania, Movement No. 28160, Case No. 52723, 37 mm, circa 1935

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Description: An aviator's rare chronograph "new old stock" - produced for Andreas Huber Urania company in Munich Case: steel, push back, oval chronograph pushers. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, luminous skeleton hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, rhodium-plated, ground, 17 jewels, ground chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, screw compensation balance.

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Paul Ditisheim, La Chaux de Fonds,

Lot 14: Paul Ditisheim, La Chaux de Fonds, "Grand Prix Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900, 85 Prix de l'etat premier aux Concours Chronometriques des Observatoires de Kew, Washington & Neuchatel", Movement No. 28086, Case No. 28086, 63 mm, 204 g, circa 1906

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Description: An important and extremely rare deck watch caliber type II; original mahogany case with numbered signature bone plate. The watch was awarded 3rd prize for 31st place in the pocket chronometer 1st class category in the test at Neuchâtel in 1907 and in 1908 won a 2nd prize for 6th place in the deck chronometer category Case: silver, polished, reeded band, engraved silver dome. Dial: enamel, signed, radial Roman numerals, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, frosted, gilt, large bimetallic experimental Guillaume chronometer balance with 2 screws and 2 movable trapezoid weights, micrometer fine adjusting device.According to the classification by Fritz von Osterhausen this chronometer is fitted with a modified type II caliber. Osterhausen only verified six chronometers which use caliber II. The chronometer at hand is a variant that has not been registered until now; its balance cock is curved and not straight. The experimental Guillaume balance has large regulation weights, which Ditisheim otherwise only employed in his decimal chronometer "Tropomètre" no. 16815 with "échappement à détente". Marine chronometers usually feature this type of balance staff; here the same design has been used on a smaller scale. The movement is unusual too in that it employs a regulation system with an uncommon micrometer correction device – it has not been known until now that Paul Ditisheim had ever used such a construction. These distinguishing marks make this experimental marine chronometer one of the mostinteresting and outstanding timekeeping instruments from the house of Paul Ditisheim. Paul Ditisheim (1868-1945) He was one of the most famous Swiss maker of watches and chronometers, who did most of his research and his publications in the field of precision timekeeping. He did his apprenticeship at the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds, before working in Ponts-de-Martel, Berlin, Paris, and Rotherham (near Coventry). In 1892 he opened up a watchmaking factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He presented his watches in many exhibitions and was very successful in designing pocket chronometers.

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Paul Ditisheim, La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland,

Lot 15: Paul Ditisheim, La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland, "The highest records at Kew Teddington and Swiss Observatories", Grand Prix Paris 1900, 1ère Classe, Movement No. 703393, Case No. 703393, 65 mm, 279 g, circa 1926

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Description: An important, unique deck watch with 52h power reserve indication and 24h indication Case: sterling silver, polished, reeded band, signed and engraved screw back. Dial: silvered, radial Arabic 24 hours, auxiliary seconds, power reserve indication 0-52h, blued spade hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, chatoned, frosted, gilt, movement type I, 9 adj., 21 jewels, large Guillaume screw compensation balance, sapphire endstone on balance, lever and escape wheel. Movement caliber type I This type of movement with its caliber designed for stability and highest precision seems to be the one Ditisheim entered in most of the many competitions they took part in (categories ships'chronometers and pocket chronometers 1st class, according to the Neuchâtel observatory competition terms). So far 10 watches with this caliber are known. Five of them have 6-digit movement numbers. The numbers 701291 and 703266 reached positionings in Neuchâtel in 1924 and 1925, in the ships' chronometers category. The watches with the movement numbers 703393 (with 24-hour dial), 703446 and 703450, bear the additional signature "Solvil", showing that they were made after 1925 when Ditisheim had already handed over company management. Lit.: Described and illustrated in detail in "Paul Ditisheim Chronometrier", Fritz von Osterhausen, Editions Antonine Simonin, 2003, pages 60ff So far the only known large observatory deck watch with a 24-hour dial by Paul Ditisheim. Paul Ditisheim (1868-1945) He was one of the most famous Swiss maker of watches and chronometers, who did most of hisresearch and his publications in the field of precision timekeeping. He did his apprenticeship at the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds, before working in Ponts-de-Martel, Berlin, Paris, and Rotherham (near Coventry). In 1892 he opened up a watchmaking factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He presented his watches in many exhibitions and was very sucessful in designing pocket chronometers.

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(*) Paul Ditisheim, La Chaux-de-Fonds,

Lot 16: (*) Paul Ditisheim, La Chaux-de-Fonds, "Maker to the British Government Holder of the Kew and Teddington Records", "Maker to the United States Navy Record Holder Neuchatel Observatory 305 State Prizes", Movement No. 109, 185 x 190 x 190 mm, circa

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Description: A remarkable, very rare ship's chronometer with 52h power reserve and central seconds Case: mahogany box, brass inlays, applied ivory signature shield, with lid and glass, case key, brass gimbals and bowl, reeded adjusting nut. Dial: silvered, signed, numbered, hour/minute at '6', blued spade hands. Movm.: brass movement, 61 mm, polished, decorated, signed, circular movement pillars, spring detent escapement, applied "container" with escapement and balance, blued screws, Guillaume gold screw compensation balance, blued balance spring. Paul Ditisheim (1868-1945) He was one of the most famous Swiss maker of watches and chronometers, who didmost of his research and his publications in the field of precision timekeeping. He did his apprenticeship at the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds, before working in Ponts-de-Martel, Berlin, Paris, and Rotherham (near Coventry). In 1892 he opened up a watchmaking factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He presented his watches in many exhibitions and was very sucessful in designing pocket chronometers.

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International Watch Co., Schaffhausen

Lot 17: International Watch Co., Schaffhausen "Ingenieur Automatic", Movement No. 1713512, Ref. 666AD, Cal. 8531, 36 mm, circa 1963

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Description: A gentleman's fine, antimagnetic, automatic wristwatch with date - shielded against magnetic disturbance up to 1000 Oerstedt Case: steel, screw back, anti-magnetic protection cap, IWC steel bracelet. Dial: black, applied indexes, centre seconds, date indication, steel alpha hands. Movm.: rotorwind movement, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 21 jewels, Glucydur screw balance, incabloc shock protection for balance, index spring fine adjusting device. IWC Ingenieur This wristwatch was made for the first time by IWC in the middle of the 50's. With its self-winding mechanical movement, it was a sensation at the time, and has always been considered as the most resistant watch. This concept of wristwatch was meant to be constantly adapted to technicalprogress in the field.

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International Watch Co., Schaffhausen

Lot 18: International Watch Co., Schaffhausen "Ingenieur", Movement No. 1529862, Ref. 666A, Cal. 853, 36 mm, circa 1960

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Description: A gentleman's fine automatic wristwatch with centre seconds and rare "military dial" Case: steel, screw back, anti-magnetic protection cap, IWC steel bracelet with deployant clasp. Dial: black, luminous indexes/Arabic numerals, luminous baton hands. Movm.: rotorwind movement, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 21 jewels, "Pat. appl.", Glucydur screw balance, incabloc shock protection for balance. IWC Ingenieur This wristwatch was made for the first time by IWC in the middle of the 50's. With its self-winding mechanical movement, it was a sensation at the time, and has always been considered as the most resistant watch. This concept of wristwatch was meant to be constantly adapted to technical progress in the field. In 1976 will be launched the model "IngenieurSL" antimagnetic to 80'000 Ampere/Meter and in 1989 the "Ingenieur R" antimagnetic to 500'000 Ampere/Meter.

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International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, Movement No. 1040840, Case No. 1087118, Cal. 83, 37 mm, circa 1942

Lot 19: International Watch Co., Schaffhausen, Movement No. 1040840, Case No. 1087118, Cal. 83, 37 mm, circa 1942

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Description: An extremely rare wristwatch "Special Wristwatch for Aviators", so called Mark IX - sold on 06/24/1943 to F. G. Kuchàr, Bratislava - with IWC extract from the archives - The Mark IX was produced between 1936 and 1944, now a total of 430 watches is currently registered at IWC Case: steel, push back, reeded turnable bezel, protective cap. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, skeletonized luminous hands. Movm.: bridge movement, chatoned, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, Glucydur screw balance. "Special watch for pilots" was the official IWC name of their first pilots watch created in 1936. The turnable bezel was one of the most distinguishing features of the watch; however, it has several characteristics designed to meet the particular requirements offlying. The watch possessed an exceptionally wide temperature range regulation, was extremely robust, and had an antimagnetic movement; its luminous hands and numerals were readable even in bad lighting conditions. Lit.: "Die Noblen aus der Schweiz" von J. Michael Mehltretter, Heel Verlag, page 86 and "Die Fliegeruhren von IWC" von Rüdiger Bucher/Christian Pfeiffer-Belli, Velber Verlag page 19ff.

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Ulysse Nardin Locle Suisse, Movement No. 239152, Case No. 614150, Cal. Felsa 264, 38 mm, sold 1943

Lot 20: Ulysse Nardin Locle Suisse, Movement No. 239152, Case No. 614150, Cal. Felsa 264, 38 mm, sold 1943

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Description: An aviators rare watch with indirect center seconds Case: steel, screw back. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals/indexes, centre seconds, luminous hands. Movm.: bridge movement, rhodium-plated, ground, indirect centre seconds, Glucydur screw balance. This watch is part of a small series of 288 examples, the majority believed to have been sold to Eastern Europe.

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Walter Storz, Pforzheim - STOWA -, Movement No. 5083, Case No. 5083, 55 mm, circa 1945

Lot 21: Walter Storz, Pforzheim - STOWA -, Movement No. 5083, Case No. 5083, 55 mm, circa 1945

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Description: An aviator's watch of the Deutsche Luftwaffe Case: matted grey, push back with military engraving. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals and indexes, centre seconds, blued luminous lozenge hands. Movm.: bridge movement, stripe-decorated, nickel-plated, 20 jewels, indirect centre seconds, large screw compensation balance.

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Vacheron & Constantin à Genève, Movement No. 450652, Case No. 284548, Cal. 163, 60 mm, 157 g, circa 1945

Lot 22: Vacheron & Constantin à Genève, Movement No. 450652, Case No. 284548, Cal. 163, 60 mm, 157 g, circa 1945

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Description: A fine Geneva deck watch Case: silver, polished. Dial: silvered, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, gilt, "fausses côtes" decoration, signed, large Guillaume gold screw compensation balance, index spring fine adjusting device.

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A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte i. Sa., Movement No. 202879, Case No. 1084485, 59 mm, 163 g, circa 1940

Lot 23: A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte i. Sa., Movement No. 202879, Case No. 1084485, 59 mm, 163 g, circa 1940

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Description: Glashuette navigation deck watch of the German "Kriegsmarine M 10453" with nationality marking Case: silvered, polished, push back, military engraving: swastika "M 10453". Dial: silvered, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 35h power reserve indication, blued spade hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, frosted, gilt, nickel steel screw compensation balance, index spring fine adjusting device.

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A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte i/SA, Movement No. 205805, Case No. 205805, Cal. 48, 59 mm, 168 g, circa 1944

Lot 24: A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte i/SA, Movement No. 205805, Case No. 205805, Cal. 48, 59 mm, 168 g, circa 1944

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Description: An almost as new Glashuette deck watch of the German "Kriegsmarine M 12569" with nationality marking and 35h power reserve indicator sold on 11/07/1944 for 133 RM to the Deutsche Seewarte Hamburg, branch Gesundbrunnen - with Lange extract from the archives Case: silvered, polished, engraved. Dial: silvered, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds at "3", blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, frosted, gilt, signed, gold screw compensation balance, index spring fine adjusting device.

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A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte i/SA, Movement No. 204582, Case No. 204582, Cal. 48, 59 mm, 165 g, circa 1944

Lot 25: A. Lange & Söhne Glashütte i/SA, Movement No. 204582, Case No. 204582, Cal. 48, 59 mm, 165 g, circa 1944

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Description: A Glashuette deck watch of the German "Kriegsmarine" with 35h power reserve indicator Case: silvered, polished, push back. Dial: silvered, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds at "3", blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, frosted, gilt, signed, nickel steel screw compensation balance, index spring fine adjusting device.

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, Movement No. 640, 170 x 140 x 170 mm, circa 1935

Lot 26: A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, Movement No. 640, 170 x 140 x 170 mm, circa 1935

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Description: A remarkable, very rare ship's chronometer with 56h power reserve indication, sold to the "Herrn Reichsminister für die Luftfahrt" in Berlin on 07/27/1935 - with Lange & Söhne certificate of the watch museum Glashuette, original operating instructions with original image Case: walnut box, applied signature shield, top lid with slide, brass bowl with two point suspension, reeded adjusting nut, two-body. Dial: silvered, signed, numbered, inlaid radial Roman numerals, large auxiliary seconds, gold spade hands. Movm.: brass movement, polished, decorated, solid circular movement pillars, chain/fusee, additional hand setting device, blued screws, spring detent escapement, "Griesbach"-chronometer balance with 4 weights and 2 screws, blued helical balance spring, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, Movement No. 1253, 180 x 175 x 180 mm, circa 1940

Lot 27: A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, Movement No. 1253, 180 x 175 x 180 mm, circa 1940

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Description: A very fine ship's chronometer with lever escapement and 35h power reserve, delivered on 07/29/1940 to the "Kriegsmarinewerft Kiel" by the "deutsche Seewarte Hamburg" for 920,- RM. With Lange & Söhne certificate of the watch museum Glashuette Case: mahogany box, applied signature shield, applied handles, with lid and facetted glass, brass gimbals and bowl, reeded adjusting nut, two-body. Dial: silvered, signed, numbered, radial Roman numerals, large auxiliary seconds, gilt spade hands. Movm.: brass movement, frosted, gilt, solid circular movement pillars, barrel, polished screws, additional hand setting device, lever escapement, "Griesbach"-chronometer balance with 4 weights and 2 screws, blued helical balance spring, beryllium-bronze lever and escape wheel, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.

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A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, No. 714, 185 x 185 x 195 mm, circa 1940

Lot 28: A. Lange & Söhne, Glashütte B/Dresden, No. 714, 185 x 185 x 195 mm, circa 1940

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Description: A very fine ships chronometer sold to the Physikalisch Technische Reichsanstalt in Berlin on 02/22/1940 for 1245 marks - with Lange extract from the archives Case: mahogany box, brass inlays, applied handles, three body with lid and glass, brass gimbals and bowl. Dial: silvered, signed, numbered, inlaid Roman numerals, large auxiliary seconds, 56h power reserve indication, gold spade hands. Movm.: brass movement, polished, decorated, chatoned, chain/fusee, spring detent escapement, heavy Griesbach chronometer balance with 4 weights and 2 screws, blued helical hairspring, diamond endstone.

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(*) Ulysse Nardin Locle Suisse

Lot 29: (*) Ulysse Nardin Locle Suisse "Chronometre", Movement No. 124500, Case No. 669338, 64 mm, 233 g, circa 1954

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Description: A rare siderial time adjusted observatory chronometer with contact device for electrical seconds registration with mahogany transport box, static box and Bulletin de Marche by Ulysse Nardin, Le Locle, May 1954. Case: steel, polished, screw back, movement protection cap. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, frosted, gilt, gold screw compensation balance, cam type fine adjusting device.

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(*) An extremely rare set consisting of two deck chronometers with split seconds chronograph in a measuring box with contact devices via levers

Lot 30: (*) An extremely rare set consisting of two deck chronometers with split seconds chronograph in a measuring box with contact devices via levers

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Description: Nero Lemania, Movement No. 778019, 65 mm, 212 g, circa 1950 A rare deck chronometer with split seconds chronograph Case: nickel, chromium-plated, tiered, polished, button for chronograph at "11" and via crown. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, blued spade hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, frosted, gilt, finely ground chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, scissor-shaped double hand tongs with separate ratchet wheel for double chronograph, gold screw compensation balance. Ulysse Nardin, Locle Suisse "Chronomètre", Movement No. 127353, Case No. 671299, 65 mm, 244 g, circa 1950 A rare deck chronometer with split seconds chronograph Case: steel, polished, screw back, button for chronograph at "11" and via crown.Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, Breguet hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, rhodium-plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, finely ground, bevelled chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, ground double hand tong with polished bevelling, separate ratchet wheel for split seconds chronograph, Guillaume gold screw compensation balance, cam type fine adjusting device, pink gilt train.

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Lot of 10 pocket watches and a watch knife

Lot 31: Lot of 10 pocket watches and a watch knife

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Description: International Watch Co., Movement No. 280212, Case No. 301460, 51 mm, 97 g, circa 1903 A gentleman's Schaffhausen pocket watch Case: silver, engine-turned, ornamented. Dial: enamel, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, Louis XVI hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, frosted, gilt, screwed gold chatons, screw compensation balance.

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Lot of 2 silver pocket watches

Lot 32: Lot of 2 silver pocket watches

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Description: Thos. Russell & Son, 12 Church Street, Liverpool, Makers to Queen Victoria, Movement No. 108816, Case No. 108816, 60 mm, 184 g, circa 1905 A heavy pocket watch with 36h power reserve indicator and stoppable centre seconds Case: silver, monogram cartouche, polished, reeded band, case maker punch mark "TR". Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, centre seconds, outer chronograph scale 0-300, spade hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, frosted, gilt, chatoned, English lever escapement, screw compensation balance, diamond endstone.

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(*) Lot of 3 pocket watches

Lot 33: (*) Lot of 3 pocket watches

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Description: Swiss, 51 mm, 109 g, circa 1880 A gentleman's pocket watch with cylinder escapement, so-called "dollar watch" Case: nickel, tiered, polished. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, spade hands. Movm.: 1/2 plate movement, cylinder escapement, three-arm brass balance. Provenance "Gerd Ahrens" Collection

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S. Smith & Son, 9 Strand, London, Makers to the admiralty, Movement No. 192-B 10, Case No. 19210, 55 mm, 171 g, circa 1898

Lot 34: S. Smith & Son, 9 Strand, London, Makers to the admiralty, Movement No. 192-B 10, Case No. 19210, 55 mm, 171 g, circa 1898

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Description: An important, heavy half hunting pocket watch with 52,5 min. carousel and "Kew certificate class "A" 83-3 marks especially good" Case: silver, tiered, polished, case maker punch mark "SS", inlaid cobalt blue enamelled radial Roman numerals. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, auxiliary seconds, blued double spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, ébauche: Bahne Bonniksen, frosted, gilt, chatoned, Bonniksen carousel revolving in 52,5 minutes, English lever escapement, gold screw compensation balance, diamond endstone on balance. "Carousel" watches are a design by the Danish watchmaker Bahne Bonniksen, who registered the patent in 1892 in England. His intention was to create a compromise between the "expensive" tourbillon and a normal chronometer - and heactually achieved better results with his carousel than some of the tourbillons. S. Smith & Son A leading firm in London for high quality and complicated watches at the turn of the century, S. Smith & Son was founded in 1851 by the jeweller and watchmaker Samuel Smith. In addition to the wide range of watches and clocks for private customers, Smith's also built reliable chronometers which made the firm a supplier to the Admiralty. Under the management of Herbert S.A. Smith the firm developed into a large manufacturing company that had its own research laboratories; in the next generation Sir Alan Herbert Smith extended the company product range further and began with the production of automobile and aircraft instruments. Around this time a period of general decline for British horology began; even so, a few British watchmakers created magnificent, ultra-complicated watches, as ifto prove to the world that they were still the best. Some of these watches were made in collaboration with the most renowned Swiss watch companies. Charles Frodsham, Edward John Dent, and Samuel Smith were the London watchmakers best known for this, as well as J. W. Player in Coventry .

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S. Smith & Son, 9 Strand, London, W.C., Makers to the admiralty & the Indian government,  Movement No. 192.450 25654, Case No. 25654, 58 mm, 175 g, circa 1901

Lot 35: S. Smith & Son, 9 Strand, London, W.C., Makers to the admiralty & the Indian government, Movement No. 192.450 25654, Case No. 25654, 58 mm, 175 g, circa 1901

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Description: An important, heavy deck watch with 52,5 min. carousel and "Kew certificate class "A" 83-9 marks especially good" Case: silver, polished, case maker punch mark "SS". Dial: enamel, off-white, radial Roman numerals, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, ébauche: Bahne Bonniksen, frosted, gilt, chatoned, Bonniksen carousel revolving in 52,5 minutes, barrel with engraving: "Greenwich Time", English lever escapement, gold screw compensation balance, blued Breguet balance spring with terminal curve, chatoned diamond endstone on balance. This watch comes from a small series of precision watches which S. Smith & Son made at the beginning of the 20th century, most of which were submitted to the KewObservatory trials. The present watch is of the largest size and would be classed as a deck watch, the movement was supplied by Bonniksen and then finished and adjusted by S. Smith & Son before for entry into the Observatory trials. This watch achieved 83.9 marks and the commendation "Especially good".

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Brüder Klumak Wien, Movement No. 4485, Case No. 56213, 59 mm, 184 g, circa 1900

Lot 36: Brüder Klumak Wien, Movement No. 4485, Case No. 56213, 59 mm, 184 g, circa 1900

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Description: A rare deck chronometer with pivoted detent escapement for the Imperial Austrian navy - with original mahogany box Case: silver, tiered, engine-turned. Dial: silvered, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, frosted, gilt, gold screw compensation balance. Brothers Klumak in Vienna Together with Joseph Nicolaus in Vienna, the Klumak brothers can be counted amongst the pioneers of Austrian precision watchmaking and like Nikolaus they were chronometer makers to the Imperial and Royal Navy.

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Longines Watch Co./Wittnauer

Lot 37: Longines Watch Co./Wittnauer "Lindbergh - Hour Angle Watch", Movement No. 6433687, Case No. 23062, Cal. 37.9, 46 mm, circa 1940

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Description: An aviator's large and rare "Hour Angle" navigation watch Case: steel, hinged push back, sterling silver turnable bezel with angle horaire. Dial: enamel chapter ring, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, inner silvered rotating disc, blued Breguet hands. Movm.: divided 3/4 plate movement, chatoned, rhodium-plated, ground, indirect centre seconds, Glucydur screw balance, Glucydur lever. Lindbergh - Hour Angle Watch In the early years of aviation between 1920 and 1930 the majority of aviators wore watches created by Longines. The main reason for this was Longines' advantage in innovation, their most notable piece at the time being the Hour Angle watch. As Earth makes one rotation of 360 degrees, a 12-hour dial is a useful tool for dividing up that distanceover time. With the inner rotating bezel the aviator could use the hands of the watch to pinpoint his location accurately. The large size and features of the watch show its history as an aviator's watch. It was easy to read in the cockpit because of its size, while its large winding crown made winding and setting easy even with gloves. The technical and mathematical functions of the watch were of course also of utmost importance in this pioneering era of aviation. For a discussion of the Lindbergh model and illustrations of similar examples, see Marozzi, D. & Toselli, G., Longines, pp. 75-79

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Lemania, Istituto Idrografico della Marina, Movement No. 667022, Case No. 28 ET, Cal. LWO 2210, 38 mm, circa 1948

Lot 38: Lemania, Istituto Idrografico della Marina, Movement No. 667022, Case No. 28 ET, Cal. LWO 2210, 38 mm, circa 1948

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Description: A gentleman's rare wristwatch with chronograph for the Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute in Genua Case: steel, steel screw back. Dial: silvered, luminous Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, 30 min. counter, luminous skeleton hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, frosted, gilt, 17 jewels, finely ground chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, screw compensation balance. Only 1000 pieces were delivered to the Istituto Idrografico della Marina between 1930 and 1958.

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Lemania, Istituto Idrografico della Marina, Movement No. 2653286, Case No. 9603, Cal. LWO1872, 35 mm, circa 1970

Lot 39: Lemania, Istituto Idrografico della Marina, Movement No. 2653286, Case No. 9603, Cal. LWO1872, 35 mm, circa 1970

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Description: A gentleman's rare wristwatch with chronograph for the Italian Navy Hydrographic Institute in Genua Case: steel, screw back. Dial: silvered, applied indexes, centre seconds, 30 min. counter, tachy scale, luminous baton hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, finely ground chronograph steel parts, Glucydur balance, incabloc shock protection for balance. Only 100 pieces were delivered to the Istituto Idrografico della Marina.

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Breitling à Genève,

Lot 40: Breitling à Genève, "Navitimer", Case No. 1011743, Ref. 806, Cal. Venus 178, 40 mm, circa 1965

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Description: An aviator's large, almost as new wristwatch with chronograph, 30 min. and 12h counter and sliderule funcion via turnable bezel - with original box Case: goldplated, steel push back, reeded, turnable index bezel. Dial: black, luminous Arabic numerals/indexes, auxiliary seconds, telemetre scale, luminous baton hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, ground, pink gilt, 17 jewels, finely matted chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, Glucydur balance, shock protection for balance.

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(*) Breitling à Genève, Case No. 1352485, Ref. 806, Cal. Venus 178TJ, 41 mm, circa 1971

Lot 41: (*) Breitling à Genève, Case No. 1352485, Ref. 806, Cal. Venus 178TJ, 41 mm, circa 1971

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Description: An aviator's unworn, large wristwatch with chronograph, 30 min. and 12h counter and sliderule funcion via turnable bezel - with original box, certificate, operating instructions and price tag Case: steel, steel push back, reeded turnable bezel with slide rule function, original buckle and strap. Dial: black, applied indexes/Arabic 12, auxiliary seconds, telemeter scale, luminous baton hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, ground, pink gilt, 17 jewels, finely ground chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, Glucydur balance, incabloc shock protection for balance.

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Jean-Baptiste Soleil fecit à Paris / Jean Thiébault Silbermann

Lot 42: Jean-Baptiste Soleil fecit à Paris / Jean Thiébault Silbermann "Invt.", No. 23, Height 400 mm, circa 1845

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Description: A rare heliostat by Silbermann Heliostat signed "J.T.Silbermann Inventeur Soleil Fecit a Paris. No 23". Silbermann invented his universal single mirror heliostat in 1843; this example is the original model, later examples were made by Duboscq. Designed to produce a steady intense beam of light from the sun before the development of the electric light heliostats were always unusual and are now rare scientific instruments. The Silbermann is perhaps the best known example. Typically they were used by geologists in microscopy and in polarisation measurements where the light would be diminished by half. Heliostat A heliostat (from helios, the Greek word for sun, and stat, as in stationary) is a device that includes a mirror, usually a plane mirror, which turns so as to keep reflectingsunlight toward a predetermined target, compensating for the sun's apparent motions in the sky. The target may be a physical object, distant from the heliostat, or a direction in space. To do this, the reflective surface of the mirror is kept perpendicular to the bisector of the angle between the directions of the sun and the target as seen from the mirror. In almost every case, the target is stationary relative to the heliostat, so the light is reflected in a fixed direction. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heliostat, as of 03/30/2013.

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Bienaymé à Dieppe, diameter 330 mm, circa 1850

Lot 43: Bienaymé à Dieppe, diameter 330 mm, circa 1850

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Description: A rare French double sided marine timepiece with two time zones and perpetual calendar Case: drum-shaped brass gimbals and bowl, brass pedestal with mirror for display of the second time zone on the back side, over the side a mounted enamel calendar dial below displaying day, date and month. Dial: front: enamel, radial Roman hours, central seconds, blued Breguet hands, finely engraved gilt brass bezel. Back: glass panel, radial Roman hours in mirror-writing, blued Breguet hands, finely engraved gilt brass bezel. Movm.: circular brass full plate movement, large barrel, solid movement pillars, lever escapement, chronometer balance with 3 screws, worm and rack regulation, indirect winding, separate calender movement with barrel. Bienaymé was working as a clock dealer in Dieppe in 1783 and in 1842 he filed a patent for a perpetual andsecular leap year calender. He was awarded a bronze medal in 1849.

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(*) J. Auricoste, Horloger de la Marine de l'Etat, 10, Rue La Boétle, Paris,

Lot 44: (*) J. Auricoste, Horloger de la Marine de l'Etat, 10, Rue La Boétle, Paris, "Montre de Comparaison", Case No. 62159, 68 mm, circa 1940

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Description: A rare deck watch in original fitted mahogany box - Stationary chronometer created for coordinating several of watches such as those of the members of a flying squadron Case: nickel, push back, reeded facet glazed bezel, fixed on a gilt brass plate. Dial: silvered, Arabic numerals, centre seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, frosted, gilt, 18 jewels, Glucydur screw balance. The way the crown is fitted ensures that the centre seconds hand is reset to "0" when the crown is pulled out for setting the hands. The balance remains locked until the winding crown is pushed back in.

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B.C.G. Lemania, Werk Nr. 557163, Istituto Idrografico R. Marina, 102 mm, 523 g, circa 1930

Lot 45: B.C.G. Lemania, Werk Nr. 557163, Istituto Idrografico R. Marina, 102 mm, 523 g, circa 1930

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Description: A rare oversized deck watch from the inventory of the Royal Italian Hydrographic Institute, No. 1614 Case: nickel, protection case. Dial: silvered, Arabic hours, centre seconds, blued hands. Movm.: gilt 3/4 plate movement, monometallic not cut 19,5 mm screw balance.

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Arthur Hoffmeister, Neckarsulm, Height 1600 mm, circa 1930

Lot 46: Arthur Hoffmeister, Neckarsulm, Height 1600 mm, circa 1930

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Description: A seconds pendulum clock with detached gravity escapement in an inverted alignment with electronic contact device Case: oak, glazed front door and sides. Dial: silvered, inlaid Arabic hours at "12", outer inlaid Arabic minutes with five minute divisions, inlaid Arabic seconds at "6", keywind, laquered brass bezel, blued spade hands. Movm.: trapezoid full-plate brass movement, solid pillars. Riefler pendulum - type K, with bob, compensation tube, adjusting nuts and pointer.

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(*) Longines, Movement No. 4380439, 68 mm, 251 g, circa 1925

Lot 47: (*) Longines, Movement No. 4380439, 68 mm, 251 g, circa 1925

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Description: A rare competition chronometer in a wooden block observatory case with "Kew certificate class "A" especially good" Case: brass, tiered, glazed push back. Dial: enamel, Arabic "Art Deco" numerals, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: divided 4/5 plate movement, chatoned, ground, Guillaume screw compensation balance.

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Longines Chronomètre, Movement No. 10158977, Cal. 30L, 35 mm, 33 g, circa 1965

Lot 48: Longines Chronomètre, Movement No. 10158977, Cal. 30L, 35 mm, 33 g, circa 1965

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Description: An extremely rare competition chronometer with white transparent jewels in a wooden block observatory case Case: aluminium, polished, glazed push back. Dial: silver, Arabic numerals, auxiliary seconds, blued leaf hands. Movm.: bridge movement, rhodium-plated, ground, chatoned, 17 jewels, Guillaume screw compensation balance, blued balance spring with two terminal curves.

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Paul Ditisheim, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Movement No. 28973, Case No. 28973, 54 mm, 159 g, circa 1906/1908

Lot 49: Paul Ditisheim, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Movement No. 28973, Case No. 28973, 54 mm, 159 g, circa 1906/1908

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Description: A very fine deck watch blank movement with spring detent escapement in a observatory case Case: nickel, glazed movement. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, blued spade hands. Movm.: bridge movement, nickel silver, ground, spring detent escapement, large gold screw Guillaume balance. Paul Ditisheim (1868-1945) He was one of the most famous Swiss maker of watches and chronometers, who did most of his research and his publications in the field of precision timekeeping. He did his apprenticeship at the watchmaking school in La Chaux-de-Fonds, before working in Ponts-de-Martel, Berlin, Paris, and Rotherham (near Coventry). In 1892 he opened up a watchmaking factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds. He presented his watches in many exhibitions and was very sucessful in designingpocket chronometers. Lit.: "Paul Ditisheim Chronometrier" by Fritz von Osterhausen, Editions Antonine Simonin, 2003.

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Strasser & Rohde, Glashuette in Sachsen, Height 1450 mm, circa 1920

Lot 50: Strasser & Rohde, Glashuette in Sachsen, Height 1450 mm, circa 1920

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Description: A Glashuette precision regulator with an ébauche movement - produced in quality A with Strasser spring impulse escapement Case: walnut, facet glazed front door and sides. Dial: silvered, inlaid Arabic hours at "6", outer inlaid Arabic minutes with five minute divisions, inlaid Arabic seconds at "12", keywind, laquered brass bezel, spade hands. Movm.: rectangular-shaped brass movement, screwed chatons, four solid movement pillars, weight driven, Strasser spring impuls escapement with adjustable sapphire pallets, double cylinder nickel steel pendulum with intermediate compensation element. This regulator presents a wonderful opportunity for a watchmaker to finalise an ébauche for a Strasser precision pendulum clock fitted with his escapement and make this clock run for the first time.

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