Lot No. 567 (91st Auction)
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".
Estimate  65,000 - 75,000 €

Price Realised  55,800 €
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