View full screen - View 1 of Lot 214. A gold hunting cased keyless lever 7½-minute flying tourbillon watch with split seconds chronograph and 60-minute register Movement circa 1917, no. 09765 case hallmarked 1904, no. 09765.
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Charles Frodsham, London

A gold hunting cased keyless lever 7½-minute flying tourbillon watch with split seconds chronograph and 60-minute register Movement circa 1917, no. 09765 case hallmarked 1904, no. 09765

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

Property from the Masterworks of Time Collection

Charles Frodsham, London

Charles Frodsham, London

A gold hunting cased keyless lever 7½-minute flying tourbillon watch with split seconds chronograph and 60-minute register Movement circa 1917, no. 09765 case hallmarked 1904, no. 09765

A gold hunting cased keyless lever 7½-minute flying tourbillon watch with split seconds chronograph and 60-minute register Movement circa 1917, no. 09765 case hallmarked 1904, no. 09765

Estimate:

6,000

to
- 8,000 GBP

Lot sold:

44,100

GBP

Property from the Masterworks of Time Collection

Charles Frodsham, London

A gold hunting cased keyless lever 7½-minute flying tourbillon watch with split seconds chronograph and 60-minute register

Movement circa 1917, no. 09765 case hallmarked 1904, no. 09765


Movement: gilded frosted 2/3 plate, lever escapement mounted to the tourbillon carriage, the carriage completing one revolution every 7½ minutes, free-sprung bi-metallic compensation balance, blued steel spring with overcoil, diamond endstone, steel chronograph work partially visible to the backplate, split mechanism beneath dial, signed Cha. Frodsham by Appointment to the King, 27 South Molton Street, London, AD.Fmsz and engraved with gold medals of honour

Dial: off-white Willis-type enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer chronograph track with Arabic numerals, two sunken subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 60-minute register, blued steel spade hands, gold and blued steel hands for chronograph, signed Charles Frodsham 09765, AD.Fmsz

Case: 18ct gold plain polished case, plain polished cuvette, pushers for chronograph and split to the band, gold pendant and bow, pusher for handset with protective shoulders, hallmarked London 1904, front and back covers numbered 09765, all covers stamped RN for Robert Benson North within rectangular cameo, pendant with maker's mark A.B.

diameter 55mm

Movement running, the start and stop button for the chronograph is not currently operating but the split button splits and re-joins the chronograph hands. Hour and minute hands are setting smoothly. 


Dial: appears to be in good condition. 


Case: with signs of light polishing, some small marks and scuffs.


Please note that Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


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.

Christie's New York, 'The Property of a Film Producer', 6 June 1987, lot 315

It would appear that this is currently the only known example of a split seconds chronograph watch by Frodsham with a 7 1/2 minute flying tourbillon carriage. Interestingly the case dates to 1904 yet the address engraved to the backplate is one that Charles Frodsham & Co. moved to in 1915, and the serial number of the movement would suggest a date of completion in c.1917. The disparity in date suggests that the case was re-used by Frodsham; such re-use of a high quailty case is not unheard of - another such disparity of case and movement is known for a further Frodsham of similar serial date to the present piece. As the Frodsham workbooks for this particular period are lacking and no Kew examination was originally undertaken for the present watch, it is not possible to shed further light on this watch's early history.


We would like to thank Charles Frodsham & Co. for their help in the research of this piece.