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Hector Golay, London
A VERY FINE AND HEAVY GOLD HUNTING CASED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH MOON-PHASES 1902, NO. 2546
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP
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77
Hector Golay, London
A VERY FINE AND HEAVY GOLD HUNTING CASED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH MOON-PHASES 1902, NO. 2546
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Hector Golay, London
A VERY FINE AND HEAVY GOLD HUNTING CASED PERPETUAL CALENDAR MINUTE REPEATING CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH MOON-PHASES 1902, NO. 2546
Movement: gilded frosted three-quarter plate movement, ratchet tooth lever escapement, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, micrometer regulation, polished steel chronograph work visible to the backplate, numbered 2546
Dial: off-white Willis enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer ring for minutes/chronograph seconds, four subsidiary dials for months/leap year indication combined with 60-minute register, day of the week, date, subsidiary seconds combined with aperture for moon-phases, outer minute ring, blued steel spade hour, minute, constant seconds and chronograph hands, gold hands for calendar indications, signed Hector Golay, London
Case: gold, plain covers with stepped bezels, 2 adjusters to the inner bezel for adjusting day and date in tandem and separately for moon-phases, gold hand-set button with olivette to the band, plain polished gold cuvette, thief-proof revolving bow, covers, cuvette, pendant and bow hallmarked for 18ct gold, case with date letter for London 1902, covers, cuvette and pendant with maker's mark F.T. in oval cameo for Fred Thoms
diameter 58.5mm
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Although the movement of this watch uses a Swiss ébauche, it does include some English components such as the ratchet tooth lever escapement and the balance and spring. The three-quarter plate design of the movement with its frosted, gilded, finish is also typically English in appearance. For the heavy gold case and off-white enamel dial, Golay used the finest makers of the period: Willis for the dial and Thoms for the case. It is unusual for Golay to sign his own watches - the majority of his pieces were made for other members of the trade, including Frodsham. An extremely talented watchmaker, working at the highest level of precision watchmaking, Hector Golay produced some of the finest English complication watches of the late 19th century.

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, pp. 436-437, pl. 282
T.P. & T.A. Camerer Cuss, The Camerer Cuss Book of Antique Watches, 1976, p.271, pl. 173

The Celebration of the English Watch Part IV, George Daniels 20th Century Innovator

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London