View full screen - View 1 of Lot 4. A SUPERB AND VERY RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED SKELETONIZED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH REGISTER, MOON PHASES AND DISPLAY BACK CIRCA 1931 [卡地亞/歐洲鐘錶公司極罕有黃金鏤空三問萬年曆追針計時懷錶備月相顯示及背透蓋,年份約1931].
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Cartier/European Watch & Clock Co., Inc.

A SUPERB AND VERY RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED SKELETONIZED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH REGISTER, MOON PHASES AND DISPLAY BACK CIRCA 1931 [卡地亞/歐洲鐘錶公司極罕有黃金鏤空三問萬年曆追針計時懷錶備月相顯示及背透蓋,年份約1931]

VAT applies to hammer price and buyer's premium

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 50,000 CHF

Cartier/European Watch & Clock Co., Inc.

Cartier/European Watch & Clock Co., Inc.

A SUPERB AND VERY RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED SKELETONIZED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH REGISTER, MOON PHASES AND DISPLAY BACK CIRCA 1931 [卡地亞/歐洲鐘錶公司極罕有黃金鏤空三問萬年曆追針計時懷錶備月相顯示及背透蓋,年份約1931]

A SUPERB AND VERY RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED SKELETONIZED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH REGISTER, MOON PHASES AND DISPLAY BACK CIRCA 1931 [卡地亞/歐洲鐘錶公司極罕有黃金鏤空三問萬年曆追針計時懷錶備月相顯示及背透蓋,年份約1931]

Estimate:

40,000

to
- 50,000 CHF

Lot sold:

214,200

CHF

Cartier/European Watch & Clock Co., Inc.


A SUPERB AND VERY RARE GOLD OPEN-FACED SKELETONIZED MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR SPLIT SECONDS CHRONOGRAPH WATCH WITH REGISTER, MOON PHASES AND DISPLAY BACK

CIRCA 1931

 [卡地亞/歐洲鐘錶公司極罕有黃金鏤空三問萬年曆追針計時懷錶備月相顯示及背透蓋,年份約1931]


Movement: damascened, lever escapement, 36 jewels, bi-metallic compensation balance, swan-neck precision regulation, the split chronograph mechanism partially visible to the backplate, repeating on coiled gongs, signed European Watch & Clock Co., Inc., Swiss

Dial: skeletonised silvered, the movement's main-plate with pearled finish visible beneath, four subsidiary dials for day and date, month with leap year indication combined with 30-minute register, subsidiary seconds combined with aperture for moon-phases, the days, months and leap year calibrated in French, outer track for minutes/chronograph seconds, all hands blued steel, signed Cartier

Case: 18ct gold, polished rounded bezels and band, both sides glazed, scooped bow, sunken repeating slide and split pusher to the band, chronograph pusher through pendant, scooped bow with French control marks, underside of front bezel and case body's inner bezel beneath both with hand stamped numbers 22757 6036 and with French control mark, numbered 06004 to inner bezel beneath case back


diameter 50mm

Movement: running at time of cataloguing. Repeating is working loud and clear and in sync with the hands until 12 o'clock - between the hour of 12 and 1 o'clock the train engages but does not repeat during that hour, otherwise it is working well and seems to be striking all other times without issue. Chronograph is working and the split also activates and resets as expected, the chronograph minute register also advancing. Winding smoothly and hands setting smoothly. all calendar functions are advancing, however, it seems that the calendar may not be registering the correct lengths of months at present and may need adjustment.

Dial: with some tarnishing and a few light scuffs and scratches, the signature a little faded.

Case: with light scuffs and scratches, control marks remain clear as do the hand stamped numbers. In addition to the French eagle's head mark, there is a further stamp to the opposite side of the bow but this is difficult to read although it is well stamped and not rubbed.



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."

This rare pocket watch incorporates one of the most complex movements ever supplied by the European Watch & Clock Co. to Cartier. The ebauche is a LeCoultre calibre 17 JSMCCRVQ which was first introduced by the watchmaker in 1928. With an open-work dial, the watch's skeletonised design and glazed case back allow the exceptional finishing of the movement to be fully appreciated. For another example of this LeCoultre calibre see: F. Cologni, Jaeger-LeCoultre - The Story of the Grande Maison, Flammarion, 2006, pp. 8 & 327. This latter watch is also signed to the backplate by the European Watch and Clock Co. and features a very similar open-work dial.


An original archival image of a seemingly identical Cartier watch to the present lot is illustrated in: J. Barracca, G. Negretti, F. Nencini, Le Temps de Cartier, 2nd Ed. 1993, p.194.