Election - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI Hong Kong Saturday, November 28, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Election
    Year: Circa 1920
    Case No: 143’317
    Material: 18K yellow gold and multi-chrome enamel
    Calibre: Manual
    Dimensions: 45mm diameter
    Signed: Dial and movement signed by maker, and E. V. on enamel

  • Catalogue Essay

    A relative unknown in the world of horology, Election was a watch manufacturer conducting business for approximately 100 years before it was sold in 1950 to Marvin, a small Swiss manufacturer. Few of their watches appear at auction, however the present watch must be a wonderful representation of the craft and workmanship of the firm. The large 45mm diameter case is dominated by a lovely multi-chrome enamel interior scene with a young woman reading with an intricate chased Greek motif design to front case. The delightful enamel work is reminiscent of the Art Deco period, characterized by rich colors with bold and exuberant shapes and designs. Enameling is without a doubt one of the highest forms of watch decoration. Given the inherent artisanal character of this technique, it is a natural consequence that some enamellers have risen as “champions” of their fields given their superior skills, however as exceptional this enamel scene is, we may never know who belongs to the initials “E. V.” seen on the case back.

    The present watch is in excellent condition with original and intact enamel work. While the maker’s name may not be common place to most collectors, all watch enthusiast will appreciate and skill and design.


A very fine and attractive yellow gold and multi-chrome enamel open-faced chased pocket watch

Circa 1920
45mm diameter
Dial and movement signed by maker, and E. V. on enamel

HK$20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for HK$93,240

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020