Nicknamed the ‘Helm’, the watch resembles a ship’s wheel with its distinctive spoked yellow gold case housing a comparatively minute movement and plain silvered dial. Also, and to great effect, the crown is hidden behind the watch as opposed to its usual position at 3 o’clock. This small detail affords the watch great balance and forces the observer’s attention evermore on the watch’s Avant guard form.
Such watches tended to be made in very limited numbers, and therefore their appearance at auction is somewhat scarce. Furthermore, given the emphasis on shape and design the condition of the case is paramount. Thus, to find one in such well preserved condition, such as with the present lot is a rare treat for any collector of both these types of watches or even, items from this period.
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