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.

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

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.