These High-priced Pocket Watches Are All Amazing Works

Pocket watches that have been recently auctioned at high prices are shocking works from almost hundreds of years ago.

Longines
18K yellow gold and enamel pocket watch in memory of GENEALISIMO DON JOSE DE SAN MARTIN and the centenary of Peru’s independence, retailer G. WELSCH Y CIA, Lima, year 1921
Estimate $ 8,000- $ 12,000
Escapement movement, bi-metal compensating balance wheel, convex gear spinner, 17 jewel golds, white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, small three hands, blue steel moon hands? The center of the case is Jose painted with colorful enamel Portrait of General de San Martin, with embossed words around Generalissimo Don Jose de San Martin? Lettering Ier Centenario de la Indepencia del Peru Lima 28 de Julio 1921 on the back, a prominently carved Peruvian national emblem in the center, and a craftsman’s seal on the case Stamp Huguenin
Jose de San Martin (1778-1850) was an Argentine general and a major player in South America’s independence from the Spanish Empire. Jose de San Martin is known as the national hero of Argentina and Peru, and is regarded as one of the liberators of South America. The Jose de San Martin Liberator Medal was created with his honor and is one of the highest medals of the Argentine government.

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Gold wine tank-shaped watch, about 1850 years
Estimate $ 7,000-10,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
Extended wine-tank case with gold silk detailing on the front of the case. The cover hides an oval white enamel dial with roman numerals and lilac leaf-shaped vines. Oval gold-plated I-beam movement. Gold inside. Cover, suspended from a short gold ribbon of the same series.

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Rare gold and enamel watch, Dutch clog shape, circa 1815
Estimate $ 10,000- $ 15,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
Balance arbor movement, white enamel dial, Arabic numerals, dial hidden in the uncovered case, crate-shaped case decorated with a variety of patterns and colors including red, yellow and blue translucent enamel, Dutch clog shape case

Volta
18K Gold Minute Repeater Zhongle Pocket Watch, made for the South American market, circa 1896
Estimate $ 15,000-20,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
A large number of precious stones, escapement movement, bimetallic compensation balance, dual transmission chain movement winding alternately, three hammers for timekeeping, button timekeeping? Glazed and gold inner cover, details of the core engraved on the inside, white enamel dial , Arabic numerals, small three-pointer, rim silent timepiece on the chronograph timepiece lever, engraving on the case lathe with seiko engraved hanging leaves and leaves, dial, inner cover and case with brand logo

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Rare and exquisite 18K yellow gold and enamel minute repeater chronograph pocket watch with Indian monarch portrait, made for the Indian market, according to J GRAFF style, about 1890
Estimate $ 40,000- $ 60,000
LOT SOLD. 93,750 USD (Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium)
Gold-plated escapement movement, bi-metal compensating balance wheel, spring-loaded sliding lever, two hammers for time-keeping, case back with polished stainless steel chronograph, glazed and gold inner cover, the gold inner cover is specially designed by Indian HH . The Maharaja Sirdar Singhyi Saheb Bahadur of Jodhpur engraving, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, small dial at 6 o’clock to display the second speed and 30 minutes at 12 o’clock, the cover of the watch is painted with a magnificent lavender costume. An emerald background, a ruby ​​and pearl necklace, and a matching headscarf have a mini portrait of another Indian maharaja. The three-dimensional multi-color gold on the back and the enamel heraldry have the Jodhpur flag in the center.
The portrait on this item is Lord Sardar Singh (1880-1911), who has become the ruler of Judepur at the age of fifteen. Sardar Singh visited Europe in 1901 and was involved in the extension of the railway from Judpur to Hyderabad.
The placket on the portrait headscarf may be Jaswant Singh II (1873–1896), who inherited King Judepur from 1896.
Watches made for the Indian market are called Maharaja watches. Artists in Geneva often use photos sent by prominent Indians to paint portraits on enamel. John Graff (1836-1902) is one of the most respected top figures among digital artists doing this work.
These themes often bring great challenges to the enamel painter, because the clothes of the characters are colorful, and will be tacky if handled by less skilled craftsmen. Graff’s portraits testify to his knowledge of color and portray the majesty of prominent people. Furthermore, portraits are based on blurry photos sent by India rather than seeing the people in the subject in person.

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Pure gold shows the perfection of the material with sincerity; K gold shows the charm of jewelry with regrets; inter-gold shows the luxury of the watch with a measure.
Twin brothers of 表 Steel Watch
In the watch industry, when it comes to ‘popularity’, it is inevitable to put quotation marks. For example, in recent years, tourbillons have become popular. Watchmakers do tourbillons without knowing what to do; watch editors write tourbillons when they ca n’t think of a topic; customers buy other tourbillons when they do n’t think about it— In terms of production, tourbillon watches actually only occupy a small share of the entire watch market. Although it is popular, the product itself is never popular.
Everything that can be popular is either a new thing that quickly disappears after infinite scenery, or a classic that never goes out of style. Although I am not an expert in the history of watches and clocks, I can also judge that gold watches are not in the former category. According to my personal experience on the auction floor, the earliest inter-gold watches can be traced back to the 1940s. It was the era when men’s watches were gradually shaped and the contemporary features of watches began to show. At that time, there were a large number of manufacturers of gold watches. Among them, the most influential and the most impressive production was Rolex’s Ref. 2940 three-pin watch and Ref. 3372 three-pin watch. They used Rolex’s iconic ‘Oyster’-oyster case and ‘Bubble Back-‘ the case back, plus the gold design that was later called ‘Rolesor’ by the factory, it can be said that It’s hard not to be a classic. It is very likely that it is precisely because of Rolex’s efforts that the gold watch is enduring.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Calendar Price 92,600 yuan
According to the thinking habits of modern people, it is easy for us to preconceive the gold watch as a product of the combination of steel and gold watches, thinking that it will appear very late. However, in fact, the gold watch and the steel watch appear on the front and rear feet. They are all juniors of the gold watch. Even if they are related, they are only cousins, not father and son. Stainless steel entered the stage of history at the beginning of the last century. It was not patented and mass-produced until 1916, and it will take several years to make watches. Some people say that stainless steel is the greatest invention of the 20th century. It makes Europeans not have to eat rice even if they ca n’t afford silver tableware. Its significance is far better than today’s touch screen phones, Android systems, and somatosensory games.
Raymond Weil 2010 new Parsifal watch priced at 40,000 yuan
Cocktail theory
Since the 1930s, stainless steel has begun to enter the field of watchmaking. To be precise, it has entered the field of watch manufacturing, and pocket watches have been permanently sealed in the memory of K gold. The transformation of stainless steel to watches is just like today’s high-tech ceramics. It is slow and firm, and there is a gradual process of adaptation. Compared with the K gold material, which has a history of thousands of years of application, stainless steel is a completely new thing. It was born from a high-speed industrialized society. People who are also in the process of industrialization have not neglected it because of this, but highly appreciated this novel and unique material. The huge advantage in terms of price and output eventually completely changed people’s aesthetics. Stainless steel also replaced K gold and became the preferred material for the manufacture of watches.
In addition to pure stainless steel watches, there is also a style of stainless steel and K gold materials used also won praise. At that time, there was no so-called ‘Assemblage’ concept in the clothing industry, and there was no sign of it. Therefore, it must not be said that watches were influenced by the clothing industry. However, the popularity of the golden watch is not without trace. A beverage that is rapidly heating up in social occasions is regarded as having some kind of internal connection with the popularity of the golden watch. This kind of beverage is ‘cocktail’-a cocktail.
Literally understand the meaning of ‘cock tail’. When people truncate the tail of a hybrid horse to make it look like a cock tail, the cocktail also has the meaning of a non-pure horse. This mixed drink is also named after it. Before the 1920s, the word cocktail represented ‘degrading pure materials with impurities’, which is by no means ambiguous; after the 1920s, the situation changed dramatically and people began to appreciate the processed Treated articles, artificial products with other substances added to natural materials are considered more fashionable. This concept has led to the popularity of artificial pearls, cosmetics and cocktails, and the awareness of gold watches has increased dramatically since then.
Tudor Junya series calendar watch priced at 33,000 yuan
The temptation of real gold and silver
As mentioned before, the gold watch has appeared more than half a century ago, and it is still one of the most popular varieties in the market today. Despite the continuous emergence of various high-tech materials in recent years, the style of Jianjin has continued to increase, especially in the Chinese market.
Generally speaking, those who choose to use gold are all popular classics from well-known brands. That is to say, after a series of stainless steel models are launched, there is still potential to be tapped. The market gap left by the spread of the K gold series. I don’t want to say that readers can guess that the most skilled companies that run this seemingly non-technical method are still Rolex. The same style and the same movement do not need to add any complicated functions. As long as the precious metal material is added, the grade of the product naturally increases by a ladder, but the price is much cheaper than the gold watch.
Longines master craftsmen’s series price is only 21800 yuan
注意到 I noticed that there is no corresponding word in English and French for ‘Jianjin Watch’ or ‘Jianjin Watch’. In other words, this expression method different from ‘Gold and Steel Watch’ is unique to the Chinese, as well as ‘gold and silver’ between gold and stainless steel and ‘steel king’ with platinum in the outer ring of the case, which have Chinese cultural characteristics All the names are in accordance with the principles of Sindaya. The emphasis is on gold, not steel. Even if only a small amount is used, the gold watch is more inclined to gold watch in terms of aesthetics and connotation, and its value is by no means comparable to ordinary steel watches. This is probably the main reason for its popularity in the Chinese world.
At present, the common gold watches on the market are still those brands: Omega, Rolex, Cartier, Longines, Tudor, plus new models launched by TAG Heuer and Raymond Weil. These works are all self-winding models, with complicated functions but annual calendars. The pricing is basically below 100,000 yuan, which is suitable for matching with less casual clothing. Although not necessarily designed for the Chinese market, the Chinese will definitely be tempted when they see it. If you’re still hesitating about choosing a day watch, you might want to check out the style you like.