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Auktionen Dr. Crott 91st Auction

567 Dent “Maker to the King”, 28 Cockspur Street & 4 Royal Exchange, London, Movement No. 61434, Case No. 61434, 58 mm, 190 g, circa 1927  A very fine, heavy precision pocket watch with minute tourbillon, 24-hour power reserve indicator and “Kew A Certificate” - with exotic wooden brassbound transport case Case: 18k gold, polished, glazed movement, turning pendant. Dial: silvered, ground, inlaid radial Roman numerals, auxiliary seconds, 24h power reserve indicator, signed, blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, chatoned, frosted, gilt, chain/fusee, finely polished three-arm steel tourbillon cage of Nielsen type 1 with polished screws, signed, lever escapement with a counterpoised gold weight, Guillaume gold screw compensation balance, freesprung blued balance spring. This watch is the last tourbillon that the firm Dent, or rather North & Son, submitted to the Kew-Teddington observatory. We estimate that the watch was probably built as early as 1924, because it had already been tested at Kew once before: on page 859 of the supplement to Vaudry Mercer‘s “Edward John Dent”, the Dent No. 61434 is listed in June 1925 - before the 1927 entry; it is described as “gold, keyless” and the case is apparently the same as now. As Kew No. 18900 it achieved 82,8 marks and the designation “especially good”; however, the company must have expected a better result because they submitted the watch again two years later as Kew No. 19413 - this time it was awarded 86,7 marks. The movement is clearly a creation of the Nicole Nielsen company; the tourbillon is very typical of their work. It is described in detail as “Nielsen 1” on page 47 of Reinhard Meis‘ “Das Tourbillon”, 1986: “In particular it was the company “Nicole, Nielsen & Co.”, who mass-produced this type of watch... almost all of these – ébauches – were sold to well-known companies..... who signed them with their own name”; a footnote states: “Information about the company Nicole, Nielsen & Co. is scarce, but the watches indicate that as early as at the turn of the century many of the special parts were purchased in Switzerland”. Dent “Maker to the King”, 28 Cockspur Street & 4 Royal Exchange, 倫 敦 — 極精緻,厚實的精密懷錶,附一分鐘陀飛輪,24小時動力 儲存顯示及”Kew A Certificate”證書,另附極特殊鑲銅高貴木材包 裝外盒 40439  C: 2 D: 2 M: 2, 41  65.000 - 75.000 EUR 71.500 - 82.500 USD 585.000 - 675.000 HKD

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