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  • Manufacturer: Zenith
    Year: Circa 1930
    Material: Gold filled and Agate
    Calibre: Manual, keyless lever
    Dimensions: 50.5mm diameter
    Signed: Dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since Zenith's beginnings, founder George Favre-Jacot sought to manufacture precision timepieces, realizing quality control was best maintained when production was housed under one roof. Zenith remains one of the few Swiss manufacturers to produce their own in-house movements. Today, they are best known for their legendary “El Primero” automatic chronograph movement, however similar to other Swiss watch manufacturers their history reaches back in to the 19th century when pocket watches were de rigueur.

    The present open face pocket watch is a wonderful representation of the exact designs produced by Zenith at the turn of the century. Agate is formed primarily from volcanic and metamorphic rock, consisting mainly of quartz and chalcedony. Due to its durability, hardness, and ability to retain a highly polished surface the stone has been used as an ornament dating back to the ancient Greeks. The watch case back is produced from a single piece of Agate with brownish to black tones and highlighted by white strips with a reeded bezel. The white enamel dial is enhanced with outer 24-hour indication. The watch is in lovely condition, and an example of the innovative watch design a century ago.

  • Artist Biography

    Zenith

    Swiss • 1865

    Since Zenith's beginnings, founder George Favre-Jacot sought to manufacture precision timepieces, realizing quality control was best maintained when production was housed under one roof. Zenith remains one of the few Swiss manufacturers to produce their own in-house movements to this day.

    Today, the brand is best known for the "El Primero," the firm's most successful automatic chronograph movement. In an interesting twist of fate, the company that owned Zenith during the 1970s decided to move on to quartz movements and therefore sought to destroy the parts and tools necessary to make mechanical movements. One watchmaker realized this folly and hid the tools and parts before they were destroyed. In 1984, he returned them to Zenith so they could once again make the El Primero movement.

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Lot offered with No Reserve

A rare, very fine gold filled and agate open face pocket watch with enamel dial, Arabic numerals and 24-hour indication

Circa 1930
50.5mm diameter
Dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$8,000 - 16,000 
€890-1,800
$1,000-2,100

Sold for HK$32,760

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021