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Bahne Bonniksen, Coventry
A GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS KARRUSEL WATCH 1915, NO. 58351
Movement: gilded ¾ plate, 52 1/2 minute revolving carriage with lever escapement, free-sprung bi-metallic compensation balance, decoratively engraved cock, diamond endstone, signed and numbered B. Bonniksen, 16 Norfolk Street, Coventry, 58351
• Dial: white enamel, Roman numerals with outer minute ring, Arabic subsidiary seconds at 6, blued steel spade hands
• Case: plain gold case, hand setting button in the band with gold olivette, gold pendant and bow, polished case with monogram to back, plain gold cuvette, case hallmarked London 1915, with [rubbed] maker's mark F.T for Frederick Thoms, case number rubbed, cuvette numbered 43341
diameter 53mm
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Catalogue Note

Bonniksen (1835-1935) was a Danish horologist who came to England during his formative watchmaking years . He was of considerable talent and is well known to have patented the 'Karussel' mechanism in 1892, which arguably could be used as an alternative to Breguet’s tourbillon in order to counter the effects of gravity on the watch. In 52 1/2 minute karrusel watches, the carriage which is mounted on a wheel driven off the third wheel pinion, revolves every 52 1/2 minutes.

Masterworks of Time: George Daniels, Visionary

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