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Richard Daners, International Watch Co. & Gübelin
A VERY FINE AND RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH ANNUAL CALENDAR, 24-HOUR INDICATION AND DISPLAY FOR PASSAGE OF THE CONSTELLATIONS "ASTRUM" RETAILED BY GÜBELIN, CIRCA 1984, NO.2308220
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Richard Daners, International Watch Co. & Gübelin
A VERY FINE AND RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH ANNUAL CALENDAR, 24-HOUR INDICATION AND DISPLAY FOR PASSAGE OF THE CONSTELLATIONS "ASTRUM" RETAILED BY GÜBELIN, CIRCA 1984, NO.2308220
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Details & Cataloguing

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Richard Daners, International Watch Co. & Gübelin
A VERY FINE AND RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED KEYLESS LEVER WATCH WITH ANNUAL CALENDAR, 24-HOUR INDICATION AND DISPLAY FOR PASSAGE OF THE CONSTELLATIONS "ASTRUM" RETAILED BY GÜBELIN, CIRCA 1984, NO.2308220
Movement: IWC cal.9720 damascened gilded, lever escapement, 19 jewels, precision regulation, signed International Watch Co., further signed beneath the balance Gübelin
Dial: satin finished 24-hour chapter ring with black Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, border with gold ring calibrated for annual calendar, the gold and blued centre with the stars and their constellations rotating clockwise and heightened with hand painted rendition of the milky way, glazed fixed disc above with gilded parabola displaying the visible sky with indications for North, South, East and West, gold hands, the hour hand with sun terminal and also indicating to the rotating date ring, signed to the glazed inner disc Gübelin 
Case: 18ct gold, plain polished back, chamfered bezels, olivette by side of pendant for uncoupling the hand-set to allow independent adjustment of the annual calendar, outside case back signed Gübelin and R. Daners 1984, case numbered 224797
diameter 56mm
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Provenance

Christie's Geneva, 15 May 2006, lot 105

Catalogue Note

Richard Daners produced his "Astral" or "Astrum" watches between 1982 and 1984 and it is believed that a total of just seven examples were made. The dial displays an astonishing 205 stars in 32 constellations. 

Daners (1930 - 2018) was an exceptionally talented master watchmaker and writer who was best known for executing important commissions for the Swiss retailer Gübelin. He made very complicated, often unique timepieces, and one of his specialties was that of the tourbillon. In 1997 he received the coveted Prix Gaïa in recognition of his accomplishments in horology. 

Masterworks of Time: Adolf Lange, The Golden Era of Glashütte

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