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  • Manufacturer: Leroy
    Year: 1940
    Movement No: 28'474
    Case No: 18'925
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, gilt, 18 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated buckle
    Dimensions: 37mm. Diameter
    Signed: Dial, movement and case signed
    Case back further engraved L. Leroy & Cie, 4 Faubourg St Honoré, Paris

  • Catalogue Essay

    From their early beginnings in the mid 18th century, the name Le Roy has been synonymous with exceptional quality. The great watch maker Ferdinand Berthoud was quoted as saying,
    “they are the most illustrious of all the watchmakers who have honoured or enriched France... ”

    Much later, in 1940, the ever successful Leroy Company left their old premises and moved the company to 4 Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré, the same address that is engraved on the cuvette of this watch. It was an exceptional location opposite to the Elysée Palace, residence of the President of the Republic. This remained the company’s address until the 1980s.

    Transitional is an over-used word in today's market, but this stunning example of a wristwatch really does cross over two time periods of horology, from the production style of pocket watches in the 1930s to the classic wristwatch. It has a very individual essence. The case with hinged back and cuvette has a smart and robust feel to it, the thickness of the lugs have balance, and the gold dial with bold black Roman numerals creates a very strong presence on the wrist of today's discerning collector.

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An extremely rare and very large yellow gold wristwatch with engine-turned gold dial and hinged case

1940
37mm. Diameter
Dial, movement and case signed
Case back further engraved L. Leroy & Cie, 4 Faubourg St Honoré, Paris

Estimate
CHF30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF45,000

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Geneva Watch Auction: TWO

Geneva Auction 7 & 8 November 2015 6:30pm