Pocket Watches

Pocket watch with quarter repeater and automaton

    Pocket watch with quarter repeater and automaton

    Switzerland, Le Sentier

    Circa 1850

    Rose gold, metal, enamel, blue-finished steel; engraving, gilding, mechanical work, painted enamel, repousse, chasing

    Diameter 5.6 cm

    Mark on rear lid inner side: “Helvetica” with letter “L”, “18K”, “1004”; scratched mortgages numbers. On cuvette: “Répétition/Qualité/Superfine”, “No. 1004”. On the movement: “Advance”, “Retard”


    Mechanical pocket watch in round rose gold hunter case with three lids, concealed automaton and rim with embossed ornament, winding crown, button and ring. Engraved and chiselled embossed image of two equestrians in rainforest is on the case front side, the image of three birds in dense underbrush is on the case rear side. White enamel dial with Roman numerals for hours’ designation, Arabic numerals for minutes’ designation in five divisions on the external rim and blue-finished hands is under the spherical glass cover. Small dial with Arabic numerals for seconds’ designation every tenth division and blue-finished hand is in the bottom part. The lever for switching on/off the repeater is on the bezel. Mark “Helvetica” with letter “L”, “18K”, number“1004” is on the rear lid inner side. The engraved inscription “Répétition Qualité Superfine” and number are on the cuvette. The enamel image of erotic automaton is on the lid with the engraved landscape.The watch movement is on bridge plates with rubies, rhodium-plated, split bimetallic balance with ruby base stone, lever escapement, the automaton and spring motor.