Lot 62
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DELILE | A VERY RARE GOLD SKELETONISED EIGHT-DAY CYLINDER WATCH WITH EQUATION OF TIMECIRCA 1760-1770

Estimate
7,000 - 10,000 CHF
Sold
10,000 CHF
bidding is closed

Description

  • A VERY RARE GOLD SKELETONISED EIGHT-DAY CYLINDER WATCH WITH EQUATION OF TIMECIRCA 1760-1770
  • diameter 50.5mm
• Movement: skeletonised, cylinder escapement, flat three-arm brass balance, diamond endstone, exposed blued steel mainspring, silver regulation plate, steel turned baluster pillars, decoratively engraved border, skeletonised kidney-shaped cam for the equation work, bridge signed Delile• Dial: crystal chapter ring with black Roman numerals, Arabic outer minute ring, gilt hands for time and equation of time indication• Case: gold, chased and engraved with trophies of the seasons and swags, diamond-set thumbpiece, gilt metal inner bezel

Provenance

Time Museum, Rockford Illinois, Inventory no. 4449
Sotheby's New York, Masterpieces from the Time Museum Part II, 19 June 2002, lot 55

Catalogue Note

One movement bridge is signed simply Delile. In his book, Watchmakers and Clockmakers of the World, Complete 21st Century Edition, Brian Loomes records a Jerome Delile working in Paris in 1770 (see op. cit. p.209). A report by E. J. Tyler that was reproduced by Antiquarian Horology (No. 8, Vol. 7, Sept 1972, p. 729) detailed an auction by Marouf, Düsseldorf that took place on 10 June 1972. Within the report, Tyler noted: "A gold equation watch 8-day movement Delile, France 1770".

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