Lot 12
  • 12

Albert H. Potter & Co., Geneva

8,000 - 12,000 USD
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  • diameter 56 mm
• heavy nickel-silver movement, Potter's patented pivoted detent escapement, some jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, free-sprung bi-metallic compensation balance, palladium helical balance spring, glazed cuvette • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds • polished case, the lid repeated with Roman numerals enameled in blue • dial signed, movement signed Felipe Hecht, later case stamped with maker's mark ATO (A.T. Oliver), case hallmarked, London, 1931


Time Museum Inventory No. 226
Sotheby's New York, Masterpieces from the Time Museum, Part Four, October 13th and 14th, 2004, lot 709


Randall, A., The Time Museum Catalogue of Chronometers, catalogue number 136, pp. 285-6


The case is later. The movement not running at present. The dial generally good with very minor scratches. Although this is a later case it is of very high quality. The mostly silver case has gold details.
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Catalogue Note

Albert H. Potter was born in Saratoga County, New York in 1830 and served his apprenticeship in Albany. In 1855, he established himself in New York City. He spent five years working in Cuba and later returned to the United States and organized a watch company with his brother William Cleveland Potter.

In 1876, he moved to Geneva where he produced approximately 600 watches. His complicated watches sold for prices beginning at $250.

Potter remains the most celebrated American maker of pocket chronometers. The present example incorporates many features unique to Potter's production, including his patented safety barrel, his own form of pivoted detent, the arrangement of the passing spring and his method of securing the movement in the case.

The signature on the movement is a mystery; it has been suggested that it is that of the first owner.