class=a1> W. Lameyer & Sohn / Deutsche Uhrmacherschule Glashütte (Sa.), 125 x 135 x 125 mm, circa 1935 class=a1> class=a1> A rare, small ship's chronometer class=a1> Case: mahogany. Dial: silvered. Movm.: brass movement, 54 mm, 2 barrels, spring detent escapement, Gerstenberger chronometer balance with 4 weights and 2 screws.
The company " W. Lameyer & Sohn , Fabrikation, Handlung und Lager von Juwelen, Gold- und Silberarbeiten" (production, retailing and warehousing of jewels and gold and silver objects) was founded in 1872 by Wilhelm Lameyer (1808 -1882). After his apprenticeship Lameyer worked in Bremen, Stuttgart, Paris and Geneva and soon had the reputation of an excellent goldsmith. He was appointed goldsmith to the court of Hanover and created the royal regalia in 1843. In 1872 Lameyer’s son Carl (1847-1923) joined the company, which was then taken over by his own son Wilhelm (1889-1928) in 1918. The company premises were destroyed in the air raids on Hanover in 1943 and the company ceased to exist in 1956.
The records of the German watchmaking school do not list a maker by the name W. Lameyer. According to Mr. Reinhard Reichel, curator of the German watch museum in Glashütte, the piece could be the result of a joint project under supervision of Alfred Helwig. The outstanding quality of the instrument as well as the Helwig-style design of the dial would indicate this possibility. A technical novelty is of course the 8 day power reserve with two barrels in series.
Estimate 5,000 - 10,000 €
Price Realised 6,900 €
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