View full screen - View 1 of Lot 3. A RARE AND UNUSUAL GOLD HUNTING CASED QUARTER REPEATING CARILLON WATCH WITH SEVEN HAMMERS STRIKING A SERIES OF GONGS AND PLAYING THE BRITISH NATIONAL ANTHEM 1922, NO. 10591 'HYMNE NATIONAL' [瑞士製「HYMNE NATIONAL」罕有黃金二問懷錶備七錘打簧及英國國歌鐘樂報時,1922年製,編號10591].
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Swiss

A RARE AND UNUSUAL GOLD HUNTING CASED QUARTER REPEATING CARILLON WATCH WITH SEVEN HAMMERS STRIKING A SERIES OF GONGS AND PLAYING THE BRITISH NATIONAL ANTHEM 1922, NO. 10591 'HYMNE NATIONAL' [瑞士製「HYMNE NATIONAL」罕有黃金二問懷錶備七錘打簧及英國國歌鐘樂報時,1922年製,編號10591]

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 45,000 CHF

Hymne National

Swiss

Swiss

A RARE AND UNUSUAL GOLD HUNTING CASED QUARTER REPEATING CARILLON WATCH WITH SEVEN HAMMERS STRIKING A SERIES OF GONGS AND PLAYING THE BRITISH NATIONAL ANTHEM 1922, NO. 10591 'HYMNE NATIONAL' [瑞士製「HYMNE NATIONAL」罕有黃金二問懷錶備七錘打簧及英國國歌鐘樂報時,1922年製,編號10591]

A RARE AND UNUSUAL GOLD HUNTING CASED QUARTER REPEATING CARILLON WATCH WITH SEVEN HAMMERS STRIKING A SERIES OF GONGS AND PLAYING THE BRITISH NATIONAL ANTHEM 1922, NO. 10591 'HYMNE NATIONAL' [瑞士製「HYMNE NATIONAL」罕有黃金二問懷錶備七錘打簧及英國國歌鐘樂報時,1922年製,編號10591]

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 45,000 CHF

Lot sold:

107,100

CHF

Hymne National

Swiss

 [瑞士製「HYMNE NATIONAL]


A RARE AND UNUSUAL GOLD HUNTING CASED QUARTER REPEATING CARILLON WATCH WITH SEVEN HAMMERS STRIKING A SERIES OF GONGS AND PLAYING THE BRITISH NATIONAL ANTHEM

1922, NO. 10591 'HYMNE NATIONAL'

[罕有黃金二問懷錶備七錘打簧及英國國歌鐘樂報時,1922年製,編號10591]


Movement: unsigned frosted gilded, lever escapement, jewelled to the centre, bi-metallic compensation balance, seven polished steel hammers minute repeating and playing the British National Anthem, God Save the King/Queen on a series of coiled gongs

Dial: silvered dial, black Breguet numerals, outer minute ring, blued steel moon hands, subsidiary seconds, large kidney-shaped aperture partially revealing the action of the repeating work, marked Hymne National, Répétition Carillon à 7 Timbres

Case: 18ct gold, plain polished bassine-form, olivette with protective shoulders to right of pendant, gold pendant and bow, polished gold cuvette, case with maker's mark R & S within rectangular cartouche, Swiss hallmarks, French import mark and London import hallmarks for 1922, back cover and cuvette numbered 10591, front cover numbered 591


diameter 58.5mm

Movement: running and repeating. The British National Anthem 'God Save the Queen' is playing correctly but would benefit from tuning as it is somewhat dull and out of tune at present. Surfaces and screw-heads appear in good aesthetic condition.

Dial: in good condition.

Case: with some light scuffs and scratches, some scratching around the case opening lips.


Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band. Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


"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."

The present lot features a quarter repeating function with a romantic twist. Through its gongs and hammers, rather than striking the usual dings and dongs, it plays the tune of God Save the Queen, national anthem to the United Kingdom and commonwealth countries.


The tune itself originates from the 17th century though it was popularised in 1745 following its publication in the Theasuarus Musicus the previous year. 

 

Interestingly the dial is semi skeletonised allowing the user to view the repeating work in action. The watch is offered in very attractive condition and gives any discerning collector the opportunity to purchase a highly prized and rare piece.