Lot 279
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Louis Audemars for Breguet

Estimate
35,000 - 45,000 CHF
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Description

  • A FINE AND VERY RARE PINK GOLD HUNTING CASED PERPETUAL CALENDAR AND MINUTE REPEATING POCKET WATCH WITH MOON PHASES
    NO 12144 BREGUET NO 3938 MADE IN 1881 SOLD in 1885
  • rose gold
  • diameter 55 mm
• cal. 19''' manual winding jewelled gilt lever movement, cut bi-metallic compensation balance, minute repeating with two hammers on two gongs • 18k pink gold cuvette • white enamel dial, black painted Roman numerals, four subsidiary dials for day, date, months combined with leap year indication, and constant seconds with aperture for the moon-phases, outer minute track, pink gold minute and jour hands • 18k pink gold case with a slide for the minute repeating, covers engraved with the initials of Sultan Abdülhamid II and dated 1303 AH (1885 AD), both bordered with laurel wreaths • cuvette signed, case signed Meylan Frères

Catalogue Note

Thanks to the documentation coming with the watch, it is possible to understand the process of its production. Indeed, it started on the 11th June 1873. The case was supplied by Meylan Freres on the 25th April 1880. The watch was then sent to Audemars Paris in 1881.

The watch bears the signatures of some of the most renowned firms and is a testimony of the close links they had. The ébauche by Louis Audemars and the case, first made by Meylan Freres, were both sold to Breguet, who finished the work and finally sold the watch on December 29th 1885 to their agent in Constantinople. 

The present lot, a beautiful example of craftsmanship and complicated watch, is engraved with the year of sale and the initials of the Ottoman Sultan Abdulhamed II. He reigned from 1876 to 1909 and was the 34th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, one of the most important and powerful state at that time.
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