Lot 52
  • 52


2,000 - 3,000 CHF
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  • Swiss
  • length including pendant 36mm, width 18mm
• Movement: gilded full plate, cylinder escapement, plain balance, diamond-set balance visible through dial, unsigned• Dial: oval, blue enamel ground heightened with engraved gold scrolling foliage and a pair of birds above the time dial, large aperture for the visible balance with opaque white enamel border, white enamel dial with Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, aperture for winding beneath  • Case: oval case, pink gold bezels, yellow gold decoratively engraved case back


Movement: unable to wind at time of cataloguing do to small size of winding square, balance does appear to be free, backplate tarnished and dirty. Dial: with small scratches and some very small chips Case: with light scuffs and scratches, signs of repair around the edges of the band and inner edges of the case back.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

From the late 18th century, there was a great fashion for incorporating watches into various other accessories. Watches might appear in snuffboxes or walking canes or sometimes fans or opera glasses. Likewise, although ring watches had been around since the 16th century, they became fashionable once again around this time and we see the appearance of small sized pendant watches such as the present lot; usually oval or rectangular, such watches were frequently embellished with pearls or small diamonds. Often the dial was arranged to one side, in order for the balance to remain visible.