Property of a Distinguished American Family
DIAMOND WRISTWATCH, FRANCE
The round dial applied with Arabic numbers and blued steel hands, encircled by a round diamond-set bezel measuring approximately 24.0 mm, extending to lugs pavé-set with rose-cut diamonds and a black grosgrain strap accented with single-cut diamonds, the clasp set with onyx and single-cut diamonds, manual movement, internal circumference 6¼ inches, movement signed C. H. Meylan Brassus, Swiss, movement numbered 25911, clasp numbered 5295, with French assay and workshop marks, two rose-cut diamonds missing; circa 1930.
In fair to good overall condition, the dial tarnished due to age. Two rose-cut diamonds from one lug missing, only noticeable under very close inspection. French assay marks on the clasp for 18 karat gold. The black fabric band is worn. The onyx on the clasp in good condition, with light surface scratches. The crystal face with a small chip between the 12 and 1 hour markers. The diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of approximately 2.75 carats, are near colorless and predominantly VS-SI clarity. Watch is in running condition at the time of cataloguing but has not been tested for accuracy of time keeping. Please note the Important Notice Regarding Watches on page 235 of the printed catalogue.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. 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. Illustrations in the catalogue may not be actual size. Prospective purchasers are reminded that, unless the catalogue description specifically states that a stone is natural, we have assumed that some form of treatment may have been used and that such treatment may not be permanent. Our presale estimates reflect this assumption.Certificates of Authenticity: Various manufacturers may not issue certificates of authenticity upon request. Sotheby's is not under an obligation to furnish the purchaser with a certificate of authenticity from the manufacturer at any time. Unless the requirements for a rescission of the sale under the Terms of Guarantee are satisfied, the failure of a manufacturer to issue a certificate will not constitute grounds to rescind the sale. Gemological Certificates and Reports: References in the catalogue descriptions to certificates or reports issued by gemological laboratories are provided only for the information of bidders, and Sotheby's does not guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the accuracy, terms or information contained in such certificates or reports. Please also note that laboratories may differ in their assessment of a gemstone (including its origin and presence, type and extent of treatments) and their certificates or reports may contain different results.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.