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Gold Watch no. 4

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18?? - Potter, Geneve

1997 - Antiquorum, 18 Oct 1997, est CHF 30,000 - 40,000 , sold CHF 29,900 , "Albert H. Potter & Co., Geneva, No. 4, made circa 1890. Rare 18K gold, hunting cased, keyless pocket chronometer. C. Three body, massive, "bassine et filets" engineturned, the cover centre with a small monogram. Glazed gold cuvette. D. White enamel with Roman numerals and sunk subsidiary seconds. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 21 -, nickel plated, patented caliber, spotted decoration, 21 jewels, majority in screwed gold settings, great wheel screwed on to the barrel cap. Patented pivoted detent escapement, shock-absorbing counterpoised and off set passing spring. Two-arm cut bimetallic balance, free sprung helical balance spring with terminal curves. Signed on the dial and movement. Diam. 56 mm. Tlns watch is descr ibed and illustrated by George Daniels and Cecil Clinton in Watches, Philip Wilson publishers 1979, fig. 339 a-b"

2001 - Antiquorum, 28 Nov 2001, est 20-24,000, sold $21,850, "Albert H. Potter & Co. Geneva, No. 4, made circa 1875.Exceptionally fine and rare, 18K gold, hunting cased, keyless pocket chronometer. C. Four-body, massive, "bassine et filets" engine-turned covers, five-link hinges, gold glazed cuvette. D. White enamel with Roman numerals, outer minute ring, sunk subsidiary seconds, snap-on fit. Blued steel Breguet hands. M. 45 mm (20'''), nickel, patented caliber, "spotting" decoration, 22 jewels, most in gold screwed settings, patented pivoted detent escapement, counterpoised detent, gold passing spring, two-armed cut-bimetallic compensationbalance with gold temperature screws and large plainum quarter screws, blued steel free-sprung helical balance spring with terminal curves, patented motor barrel, lever-set.Signed on the dial and movement.Diam. 56 mm. Notes This is one of the Potter's earliest watches made on Swiss soil according to his design developed and patented in America. There are minute differences between the early and later Potter chronometers; early ones have spotted movements, the later ones are usually decorated with Geneva stripes and were almost always stamped with Potter's large trademark, whereas the early ones were not. According to Kalish, Potter used to say, that he did not have to stamp his cases, because everyone knew his workThe stem in the early ones is hold by a screw mounted in the center of the pendant sleeve; in the later, it is flush with the body of the case. The early ones have atraditional balance spring stud, the later ones are more elegant.See also note to the following lot. "



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