Patek Philippe & Co. Geneva / Made for the Sweeney Jewelry Co., Houston, Texas, Movement No. 161220, Case No. 280134, 50 mm, 107 g, circa 1912
A rare pocket chronometer with 30 h power reserve indicator made in quality "Extra" - The watch was entered 1912-1913 for the Geneva observatory competition (3rd rank) and in Kew/Teddington 1913-1914 Case: 18k gold. Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement "Extra", Guillaume gold screw balance.
J.J. Sweeney established his jewellery store in Houston in 1875. The business existed until 1998, when it was bought by a larger company. In 1908 Sweeney purchased a large long case clock from clockmaker E.A. Howard in Boston, which he had standing outside his shop for many years; in 1929 he donated it to the city of Houston. For decades the citizens of Houston used to set their watches to the Sweeney clock, which was always accurate. After an extensive restoration the clock now stands in a small park in the city centre, a lasting memorial to J.J. Sweeney.
Estimate 20,000 - 25,000 €
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