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Agassiz

A yellow gold worldtime openface watch, Circa 1950 | 阿加西 | 黃金世界時間懷錶,約1950年製

Agassiz

Agassiz

A yellow gold worldtime openface watch, Circa 1950 | 阿加西 | 黃金世界時間懷錶,約1950年製

A yellow gold worldtime openface watch, Circa 1950 | 阿加西 | 黃金世界時間懷錶,約1950年製

Agassiz

A yellow gold worldtime openface watch, Circa 1950

阿加西

黃金世界時間懷錶,約1950年製


Dial: silvered

Calibre: mechanical, 17 jewels

Movement number: 4'841'551

Case: 14k yellow gold, snap on case back

Case number: 4'841'551

Size: 46 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. All functions are working properly. The dial is original, however scratched and tarnished. The city disc with light wear. The case with minor polishing but still crisp with good definition.


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."

Please note the watch is 14k gold and not 18k as stated in the printed catalogue.

Since the late 19th century, as society experienced continuously increasing mobility, watchmakers were challenged to invent new mechanisms to reflect the fact that the globe is divided up into 24 time zones. Thus the world time feature was created. This ingenious mechanism has been invented and patented by Louis Cottier, a celebrated watchmaker from Geneva, who worked closely with Geneva's most renowned watch manufacturers such as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Vacheron Constantin and Agassiz.


The Agassiz manufacture was founded in 1832, when Auguste Agassiz, brother of naturalist Louis Agassiz, found a job in the hamlet of Saint-Imier, Bern, Switzerland, joining Comptoir Horloger Raiguel Jeune. In 1833 he took over the business when he and two of his associates set up a company named Comptoir Raiguel Jeue & Cie. In 1847 Agassiz became the sole owner of the company which he renamed Agassiz & Compagnie. In 1867 Agassiz purchased some additional land to keep the factory and its workers under one roof. This pot of land was known as "Es Longines" which literally means "Long Medows". Just a few years later, the name of this plot of land became the trade name of the company.