Salvatore Micallef à Malte, Case No. 572, 45 mm, 79 g, circa 1790
A gentleman's important automatic pocket watch with an early oscillating weight winding movement and cylinder escapement Case : 22k pink gold, polished, engraved case band, case maker's punch mark "LMJ", large lateral hinge. Dial : enamel, radial Roman numerals, sun hands Movm. : full plate movement, early oscillating weight winding movement according to Moijse Gevril Fils Le Locle, firegilt, signed, large barrel, conical pillars, three-arm balance.
The records show that Salvatore Micallef was a clockmaker in Malta in the 18th century. The watch, however, was produced in Switzerland and sold under the name Micallef & Giglio after having been imported onto the island.
Similar watches are illustrated and described in "The Self-Winding Watch - 18th-21st Century" by Jean-Claude Sabrier, Paris 2011.
Estimate 16,000 - 20,000 €
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