Lot 108
  • 108

Isaac Gravelle

30,000 - 50,000 CHF
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  • A rare gold and enamel pre-hair spring verge watchcirca 1660
  • diameter 33 mm
• gilt full plate verge movement, signed Isaac Gravelle, turned pillars, chain fusee, scrolling blued steel brackets for the worm and wheel set-up, finely pierced and engraved cock with long foot • white enamel chapter ring with Roman numerals, inner polychrome enamel wreath of flowers, the centre of green translucent enamel over chiselling, single hand • case with polychrome enamel band of flowers en ronde bosse, the inside case back with portrait of a gentleman in a feathered helmet against a light blue background


Movement will run but does keep stopping so will certianly benefit from a clean. Some light surface corrosion to the steel parts. Blued steel bracket to the right side of the worm and wheel is broken. Case generally appears to be in good overall condition for the age of the piece, there are two small repairs to the "en ronde bosse" decoration at 3 o'clock and to the top petals of the flower at 6 o'clock. Please note the enamel work on this piece is attributed to Huaud, Pierre I.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

For similar watches but by Charles Bobinet and Pieter Visbach, see: Sotheby's, The Belin Collection, 29th November 1979, lot 59 and Baillie, Watches, 1929, p.138 pl. XXXV, now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.