Watch Data

Silver Watch no. 82

Case: Later

Dial:

Movement:

Provenance:
18?? - Potter, Geneve

19?? - The Time Museum, Rockford, Illinois Inventory No. 226

2004 - Sotheby's, 15 Oct 2004, est $7-9,000, sold $30,000, "ALBERT H. POTTER & CO., A silver half-hunting cased pocket chronometer, no. 82, Geneva, circa 1885 heavy nickel-silver movement, Potter's patented pivoted detent escapement, some jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, bi-metallic compensation balance, palladium helical balance spring, free sprung, white enamel dial signed Albert Potter, roman numerals, subsidiary seconds, later polished case, the lid repeated with roman numerals enameled in blue, dial signed, movement signed Felipe Hecht, later case stamped with maker's mark ATO (A.T. Oliver), case hallmarked, London, 1931. diameter 56mm Albert H. Potter was born in Saratoga County, New York in 1830 and served his apprenticeship in Albany. In 1855, he established himself in New York City. He spent five years working in Cuba and later returned to the United States and organized a watch company with his brother William Cleveland Potter. In 1876, he moved to Geneva where he produced approximately 600 watches. His complicated watches sold for prices beginning at $250. Potter remains the most celebrated American maker of pocket chronometers. The present example incorporates many features unique to Potter's production including his patented safety barrel, his own form of pivoted detent, the arrangement of the passing spring and his method of securing the movement in the case. The signature on the movement is a mystery; it has been suggested that it is that of the first owner. "

2009 - Sotheby's, Apr 2009, "Albert H. Potter & Co., Geneva A DEMI-HUNTING CASED SILVER CHRONOMETER WATCH CIRCA 1885 NO 82 • heavy nickel-silver movement, Potter's patented pivoted detent escapement, some jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, free-sprung bi-metallic compensation balance, palladium helical balance spring, glazed cuvette • white enamel dial, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds • polished case, the lid repeated with Roman numerals enameled in blue • dial signed, movement signed Felipe Hecht, later case stamped with maker's mark ATO (A.T. Oliver), case hallmarked, London, 1931 diameter 56 mm. Albert H. Potter was born in Saratoga County, New York in 1830 and served his apprenticeship in Albany. In 1855, he established himself in New York City. He spent five years working in Cuba and later returned to the United States and organized a watch company with his brother William Cleveland Potter. In 1876, he moved to Geneva where he produced approximately 600 watches. His complicated watches sold for prices beginning at $250. Potter remains the most celebrated American maker of pocket chronometers. The present example incorporates many features unique to Potter's production, including his patented safety barrel, his own form of pivoted detent, the arrangement of the passing spring and his method of securing the movement in the case. The signature on the movement is a mystery; it has been suggested that it is that of the first owner. "



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