Lot No. 245 (91st Auction)
Swiss, Case No. 19740, 54 mm, 122 g, circa 1905

A remarkable, almost as new gold enamel minute repeating hunting case pocket watch with chronograph and enamelled portrait of the fifth Qajar king of Persia, Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar
Case: 18k gold, engraved gold dome, pusher for chronograph at "2", slide for repeating mechanism; florally engraved and blue enamelled case band and edges; front with very fine ruby and diamond-studded enamel half portrait of the 5th Shah of Persia Mozaffar ad-Din Schah in his uniform of Commander-in-chief of the Persian Guards, wearing a feathered hat and a richly ornamented sabre; back with polychrome enamel medallion on translucent cobalt blue enamel on engine-turned ground: lion with scimitar and sun in a laurel wreath. Dial: enamel, radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, gold Louis XV hands. Movm.: 2/3 plate movement, frosted, gilt, finely ground and bevelled chronograph steel parts, ratchet wheel, 2 hammers / 2 gongs, governor for repetition, screw compensation balance.

Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar (1853-1907)
Mozaffar was the fifth Qajar king of Persia. He reigned between the years 1896 and 1907.
When he ascended the throne in May 1896, he was unprepared for the burdens of office.
At Mozaffar ad-Din's accession Persia faced a financial crisis, with annual governmental expenditures far in excess of revenues due to the policies of his father. During his reign, Mozzafar ad-Din attempted some reforms of the central treasury; however, the previous debt incurred by the Qajar court, owed to both England and Russia, significantly undermined this effort. He had to make up the existing deficit by contracting more unpopular loans from Russia, which exacted political concessions in return
Like his father he visited Europe three times. During these periods, on the encouragements of his chancellor Amin-os-Soltan, he borrowed money from Nicholas II of Russia to pay for his extravagant traveling expenses. During his first visit he was introduced to the "cinematographe" in Paris, France. Immediately falling in love with the silver screen the Shah ordered his personal photographer to acquire all the equipment and knowledge needed to bring the moving picture to Persia, thus starting Persian cinema
Widespread fears amongst the aristocracy, educated elites, and religious leaders about the concessions and foreign control resulted in some protests in 1906. These resulted in the Shah accepting a suggestion to create a Majles (National Consultative Assembly) in October 1906, by which the monarch's power was curtailed as he granted a constitution and parliament to the people. He died of a heart attack 40 days after granting this constitution and was buried in Masumeh shrine in Qom.
Source:, as of 03/03/2015.
Estimate  75,000 - 85,000 €
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