View full screen - View 1 of Lot 85. AN IMPRESSIVE AND EXCEPTIONAL LARGE YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED MINUTE REPEATING SPLIT-SECOND CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON AND 60-MINUTE REGISTER, 1931, SOLD TO J.P. MORGAN JR. IN 1933.
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Charles Frodsham, London

AN IMPRESSIVE AND EXCEPTIONAL LARGE YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED MINUTE REPEATING SPLIT-SECOND CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON AND 60-MINUTE REGISTER, 1931, SOLD TO J.P. MORGAN JR. IN 1933

Estimate:

125,000

to
- 225,000 USD

Property From the Estate of Alexandra McCain Morgan

Charles Frodsham, London

Charles Frodsham, London

AN IMPRESSIVE AND EXCEPTIONAL LARGE YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED MINUTE REPEATING SPLIT-SECOND CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON AND 60-MINUTE REGISTER, 1931, SOLD TO J.P. MORGAN JR. IN 1933

AN IMPRESSIVE AND EXCEPTIONAL LARGE YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED MINUTE REPEATING SPLIT-SECOND CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON AND 60-MINUTE REGISTER, 1931, SOLD TO J.P. MORGAN JR. IN 1933

Estimate:

125,000

to
- 225,000 USD

Lot sold:

201,600

USD

Property From the Estate of Alexandra McCain Morgan

Charles Frodsham, London


THE MORGAN FAMILY FRODSHAM TOURBILLON

AN IMPRESSIVE AND EXCEPTIONAL LARGE YELLOW GOLD OPEN-FACED MINUTE REPEATING SPLIT-SECOND CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH ONE MINUTE TOURBILLON AND 60-MINUTE REGISTER, 1931, SOLD TO J.P. MORGAN JR. IN 1933


Movement: first quality gilt three-quarter plate with double roller ratchet-tooth lever escapement and free sprung regulation, Guillaume balance with spiral blued steel balance spring and over-coil, the tourbillon with Nicole Nielsen Type 2 three-arm polished steel tourbillon carriage, the back plate further mounted with polished steel chronograph work, repeating on two polished steel gongs, signed and numbered By Appointment to the King AD F.m.s.z., numbered 010'330


Dial: T. J. Willis type ‘Venetian’ white enamel dial, radial roman numerals, outer ring calibrated for minutes, subsidiary seconds and 60-minute registers, signedChas. Frodsham 010'330 AD Fmsz • blued steel Poire Corps renflé hands, blued steel and yellow gold split-second hands


Case: large best quality gold case with polished finish, split pusher to the band above 11 o’clock, recessed repeating slide, gold hand-set button with gold olivette, five-knuckle joint and turning pendant, cuvette inscribed Henry Sturges Morgan Jr., numbered 010'330, hallmarked 1931 and with maker’s mark HMF for Harrison Mill Frodsham


65 mm diameter, 22 mm thickness


Accompanied by the original Charles Frodsham & Co. Ltd presentation case, a Certificate of Origin dated 23 June, 2014 confirming the present lot was sold to JP Morgan Jr on 30 December 1933. Together with a facsimile copy of the original Charles Frodsham & Co. Ltd. statement to J. Pierpont Morgan, Esq, dated September 1934 confirming that the present lot was purchased on 30 December, 1933 with invoice number 4725 for £350.

Case: Case in in overall very good condition with light surface wear and scuffing throughout. Gold marks to the bow are crisp. Marking to the winding stem is visible but rubbed. Lip to the slide remains well defined. Normal light and even patina throughout consistent with age. The cuvette is personally inscribed "Henry Morgan Jr"

Dial: Dial is intact with light surface wear. A small raised mark just above the center arbor. A small colored dot between 11 and 12. Some light patina to the hands.

Movement: Split second chronograph operating. Minutes repeating in phase. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

J.P. Morgan Jr.

Henry Sturgis Morgan

Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr.

Alexandra McCain Morgan