An extremely fine and rare yellow gold single button chronograph hunter case pocket watch with carillon minute repeater and enamel dial

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  • Manufacturer: IWC
    Year: Circa 1910
    Movement No: 33'219
    Case No: 33'219
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, 13’’’, 37 jewels
    Dimensions: 53mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by IWC fitted wooden presentation box bearing the inscription "Repetition a Minutes, International Watch Co., Grand Prix Milan 1906, Chronographe".

  • Catalogue Essay

    Offered complete with its original wooden presentation box, the present timepiece is part of an extremely scarce series of complicated watches realized by IWC between 1910 and 1920, all of them being either minute repeaters, chronographs or a combination of the two. According to the manufacturer, the movements were not made by IWC, but rather sourced outside of the company, most probably from the French part of Switzerland. Another example of this series - featuring the same set of complications as the present watch - resides in IWC’s permanent Museum collection.

    According to the book IWC-Uhren by Reinhard Meis, this series of watches was originally destined to the South American market. This hypothesis is given further credibility by the fact that inside the box of this piece is a name card bearing the printed names of the cities of Santa Fe and Rosario (respectively in Mexico and Argentina) and the dedication “de papá” (from Dad).

    The presentation box itself is testament to the high regard such pieces were held in by the manufacturer already at the time of their production. It is not a simple box, but a custom designed item, bearing the description of the complications on the lining of the lid, and featuring an “exhibition” configuration where the part of the box cradling the piece can be lifted to a 45° angle.

  • Maker Bio

    IWC

    Swiss • 1868

    With a clear focus on technology and development, the Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen has been producing timepieces of lasting value since 1868. The company has gained an international reputation based on a passion for innovative solutions and technical ingenuity. One of the world's leading brands in the luxury watch segment, IWC crafts masterpieces of haute horlogerie at their finest, combining high precision with masculine design. Vintage wristwatches such as the oversized Portugieser, Aquatimer, Ingenieur and the B-UHR pilots watch are especially desirable for collectors.

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An extremely fine and rare yellow gold single button chronograph hunter case pocket watch with carillon minute repeater and enamel dial

Circa 1910
53mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
CHF10,000 - 15,000 
€8,800-13,200
$10,200-15,400

sold for CHF15,000

Contact Specialist
Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Sale
+41 22 317 81 89
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: EIGHT

Geneva Auction 10-11 November 2018