AUCTION : 2002

Horology & Jewelry Live Auction Event
Sunday November 1st, 2020

The Hilton Doubletree Hotel (formerly Radisson), Manchester NH
- No Reserves - No Buyer's Premium - No Sales Tax -

THIS IS A PARTIAL CATALOG as of 09/22/2020, subject to revision before the final catalog is released.
The full catalog will be published in early October.
Click on a category in the Category List below to see what we have completed so far.  (Newly added items are clearly marked.)

Chronometers, Deck & Military Watches

Stock#: JH43803

DESCRIPTION: Arnold, Charles Frodsham, 84 Strand, London, marine chronometer with 48-hour winding indicator, mounted in a spring loaded brass tub to allow vertical movement, unmarked three tier mahogany outer box with brass drop handles, silvered dial of approximately 3.5 inch diameter signed "Arnold, Chas Frodsham, 84. Strand, London, No 2014," KWKS, fusee-drive with spring detent escapement, free-sprung bi-metallic compensation balance with blued steel helical hairspring, s#2014 with matching number scratched into tub.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good winding indicator function, excellent cosmetic movement condition overall, light spotting and micro-fine scratches to plates; excellent-plus dial with very light surface spotting, wear to brass on perimeter where the dial meets the case; excellent blued steel hands with light oxide at tips; tub in fine overall condition, good spring function, missing most of the original lacquered finish, numerous areas of tarnish and wear to brass; box in need of restoration as bottom is missing, remaining portion of box with numerous dings and scrapes as well as several large cracks on lid and sides.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $4000

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Stock#: JH44709

DESCRIPTION: Hamilton, Model 21 Break Circuit marine chronometer, fusee-drive with spring detent escapement, 56-hour power reserve winding indicator, original brass tub within original non-gimballed fitted mahogany box with Bakelite knobs on the side for input power and signal out, inner box with wiring and two fuses (one being a spare), gilt Hamilton signature plate on top lid, silvered dial of approximately 4 inch diameter, marked "N, 6791 and 1941" within seconds-register, KWKS, fully capped spring detent escapement with break circuit attachment, 14J, mono-metallic free-sprung balance with helical Elinvar hairspring, striped pattern nickel damascene, s#2E6791. This particular chronometer was used by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute for depth charge research and wave frequency research. This particular chronometer also comes with the original timing card dated April-May as well as various other correspondence and provenance. From the estate of Daniel L. Haff.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good winding indicator function, excellent-plus cosmetic mvt condition overall, some scattered small spots and mild fine scratches; excellent dial with light spotting; nearly mint hands; brass tub with loss of gilt finish almost entirely below the bezel, good beveled glass crystal.
ESTIMATE: $2000 - $4000

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Stock#: JH43802

DESCRIPTION: Barraud's, London, marine chronometer with 8-day winding indicator aperture, mounted within gimbaled brass tub with integrated winding key set in a three-tier brass bound mahogany box, brass drop handles, silvered dial of approximately 5 inch diameter signed "Barraud's London, No 918," KWKS, free-sprung with spring detent escapement, bi-metallic compensation balance with blued steel helical hairspring, s#918.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good winding indicator function, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, light spotting and discoloration to plates; excellent dial with light spotting and fine surface scratches; fine blued steel hands with light oxide at tips; tub and gimbals in fine overall condition; three tier box is missing its top as well as its number/name plate, hinge area is not cracked or broken, a competent cabinet maker could match the top without issue, typical dings and fine scratches from years of continuous use.
ESTIMATE: $1600 - $3000

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Stock#: JH44436

DESCRIPTION: APW - Hamilton, "Torpedo Boat Watch" with 56-hour winding indicator, 21J, 36S, massive 69mm sterling silver OF original C.W.C.Co. case, silvered DS dial, SW-pin-set, fully capped lever escapement, striped pattern nickel damascene, s#1260137. Gross weight of assembled watch 179.9 dwt (279.6 g). Hamilton's total production of this 36 size movement was 970 made with all examples being produced in a single production run spanning serial numbers 1260001 to 1260970. From known examples it appears that the first 500 movements of this run were typically paired with massive sterling silver Crescent Watch Case Co. cases as seen with the present example, while the final 470 movements of the run were typically arranged in boxed chronometer style being in gimbaled chrome tubs inside mahogany boxes.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, winding indicator not functioning as hand does not move when watch is wound, overhaul needed for winding indicator function, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, some fine scratches to barrel bridge, few small bits of oxide to winding wheels; dial with darkened areas scattered around perimeter, some lesser bits of darkening within central areas, 1 numeral peeling at its upper portion; fine hands; case shows little wear, some marring to opening lips and adjacent areas from rough past openings, remainder of exterior with scattered fine to micro-fine scratches, long scratch to cuvette from a slipped past opening as well as additional lesser scratches toward opening position, few small nicks, no dents or dings; tight bow, crown shows little wear; glass crystal with scattered exterior scratches and some internal edge chips at its lower left.
ESTIMATE: $1400 - $2400

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Stock#: JH51955

DESCRIPTION: EPW - L. Leroy & Cie, Paris, "Marine Service Hydrographique" deck watch made for French Navy, 65mm, silver OF original case marked "Marine Service Hydrographique 20989" to its rear, signed silver cuvette, white enamel SS dial, SW-SS, lever escapement with capped escape wheel, 17J, gilt mvt, s#20989 with matching serial number within case and to dial. An impressive original example, L. Leroy & Cie deck watches are rare and this is the first example we have handled.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, good gilt tone, few short scratches at perimeter of barrel bridge outside ratchet wheel, few micro-fine scratches elsewhere; virtually flawless dial with only a minuscule pinpoint surface nick to the upper right rim of the seconds-register; nearly mint hands; case rear and cuvette open well short of 90 degrees (to approximately 70 degrees), case shows little wear, a pronounced dark patina, fine scratches to rear, cuvette with a ding toward its lower right perimeter and a crescent shaped patch of abrasion at its right perimeter, excellent marking details to case rear; tight bow, crown shows little wear; flat glass crystal has a few fine scratches.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $2000

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Stock#: JH43872

DESCRIPTION: EPW - Ulysse Nardin, Locle, British military lever escapement chronometer deck watch with box, 56mm, silver OF original Nardin case with "H.S.2" marking to rear with British military pheon (broad arrow), white enamel dial, SW-button-set, lever escapement with capped escape wheel, 19-20J, expansion balance is probably compound (Guillaume Invar) style, blued hairspring, gilt mvt, s#122287 with matching serial number to dial. Comes in wooden box with brass insert to hold watch and with a small card in the upper lid marked "Issued from H.M. Chronometer Depot, Bristol." that also has a lightly visible 1943 date stamping in ink at bottom. The "H.S.2" case marking is for Hydrographic Services Class 2 rating, designating a chronometer watch adjusted for isochronism in at least five positions, with only the "H.S.1" designation for chronometer with detent escapement being of higher ranking.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, some mild spots and areas of hazing to gilt surfaces; virtually flawless dial with infinitesimal pinpoint edge nick under bezel at 3:30, small fine scratch at edge under bezel at 11:30; nearly mint hands; case shows hardly any wear, some areas of dark patina to pendant, some mild fine scratches, superb contract marking detail; case as-made without bow or provision for seating of bow, crown shows very little wear; case as-made without crystal or provision for seating of crystal. Wooden box shows medium wear, exterior scratches and scuffs, a very fine surface split to a portion of the upper left side; inner brass holder in good condition with some mild areas of finish loss, good beveled glass crystal.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1600

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Stock#: JH45804

DESCRIPTION: APW - Elgin, B.W. Raymond with winding indicator, "BU. Aero. U.S. Navy" marked mvt and dial, Grade 494, 23J, 16S, heavy nickel OF original case, "BU. Aero. U.S. Navy G.C.T Elgin" marked black metal DS dial, SW-LS, fully capped lever escapement, jeweled barrel arbor, gold jewel settings, gold center wheel, striped pattern nickel damascene, s#34682626. Gross weight of assembled watch 89.3 dwt (138.9 g). A rare 1930s military timepiece, the total production of the Grade 494 was 5000 made but only a tiny fraction of this number were made and marked for military use.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good winding indicator function aside from hand being set being slightly out of index, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, fine scratch at adjustment markings, typical micro-fine scratches elsewhere, hub of larger winding wheel missing one of its retaining screws and it appears a small bit of the stem of the screw is remaining, minor oxide to regulator assembly, one mismatched blued case screw; excellent dial with ultra-fine crazing to painting of hour numerals, very small spot of black finish loss at edge under bezel at 4:30; fine hands with paint chips; case shows light wear, few scattered scratches and scuffs to rear, very mild soft shallow dent at center rear evident as ripple to reflected light, ding at lower left perimeter of rear, some scattered pinprick nicks; tight bow, crown shows little wear; glass crystal with internal edge chips at lower right.
ESTIMATE: $1000 - $1600

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Stock#: JH51956

DESCRIPTION: EPW - Rolex, G.S. MK. II British military watch, 50mm, nickel OF original case marked "A.19543 G.S. MK. II" to its rear in addition to British military pheon (broad arrow) marking, black enamel SS dial with gilt signature and numerals, SW-SS, lever escapement, 15J, wheel satin nickel finish, caliber 540, s#A.19543 marked to dial, case rear, and lower portion of case band.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, some scattered fine to micro-fine scratches, larger winding wheel with a patch of oxide to its concave central portion, some smaller bits of oxide elsewhere to winding wheels; dial with scattered hls including a spiderweb cluster of hls at 4 with a few associated minuscule surface flakes, small edge chips under bezel between 6 and 10, gilt markings remain excellent; fine hands, minute with full loss of luminous material from its inner portion; case shows little wear, overall tarnish, marring to rear/band seam along much of left side where it appears someone attempted to open with a tool which has fortunately not caused any functional problems for opening and closing of rear, mild shallow ding to right perimeter of rear, good rear marking detail; bow pivots freely, brass crown shows little wear; good glass crystal.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1600

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Stock#: JH42649

DESCRIPTION: APW - Hamilton, Grade 992 Elinvar, rare Bu. Aero U.S. Navy "Aircraft Navigational Watch," 21J, 16S, chrome-plated base metal OF case with contract markings to rear, black metal dial signed "Bu. Aero U.S. Navy, G.C.T., Hamilton," SW-LS, fully capped lever escapement, mono-metallic balance with blued Elinvar hairspring, wide striped pattern nickel damascene, s#2625421. Comes with a fitted wooden box bearing front plaque with Bu. Aero U.S. Navy marking. A rare late 1930s military timepiece; a total of 300 of these Grade 992 Elinvar "Aircraft Navigational Watches" were made, and these were supplied by Hamilton to the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics during the years 1937 and 1938. From the well-known Hamilton collection of Robert Bennett of Olivehurst, California.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, some oxide to larger winding wheel, few small mild abrasions to main plate between smaller winding wheel and center jewel setting; dial with some small scratches and scrapes within seconds-register, fine scratch above 8, few typical small fine scratches and mild surface marks elsewhere; excellent hands; case rear and band with corresponding serial numbers but case with mismatched handscratched Roman numerals 328 inside bezel, case shows medium wear, substantial chrome loss throughout likely due to polishing with only some small bits of chrome remaining present, surface pitting and fine scratches to rear, contract markings are somewhat light but remain fully and easily legible; tight bow, crown shows light wear; plastic crystal with some small scratches to upper right perimeter. Box in fine-plus cosmetic condition overall with some typical exterior scratches and scrapes
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1400

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Stock#: JH42651

DESCRIPTION: APW - Hamilton, Grade 3992B, 22J, World War II era Navigation Master Watch made for British military use, 16S, chrome-plated base metal OF case with Ministry of Defence (English spelling) pheon (broad arrow) to rear as well as Hydrographic Services (HS3) contract markings which have been lightly overscored, previous light numerical marking evident at center covered by current marking, white enamel dial with pheon and Hamilton marking, SW-hack-set with sweep-seconds, fully capped lever escapement, mono-metallic balance with Elinvar hairspring, mvt marked "U.S. Navy Bu. Ships" as well as with British pheon, striped pattern nickel damascene, mvt s#3C166. Watch comes with a fitted wooden box with internal Ministry of Defence signature plaque and 1971 dated Hydrographic Department card. From the well-known Hamilton collection of Robert Bennett of Olivehurst, California.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good hacking function, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, some scattered fine to micro-fine scratches; virtually flawless dial with a minuscule as-made finish imperfection of a pinpoint pit in the glaze adjacent the 32 minute hash mark; nearly mint hands; case rear with s#570288 and case band with s#0570289 which we believe may be more likely an error of original assembly as the discrepancy is of only one number from the final digit and as the case rear markings align close to vertically, handscratched Roman numeral number inside bezel appears to be 349 which is likely indicative of its change during the lifetime of the watch, case shows very little wear to its rear but has near complete chrome loss to band likely caused by polishing, areas of chrome loss to bezel, no dents or dings, excellent contract marking detail to rear and circular finish of rear remains present; bow pivots freely and has some chrome loss, crown shows very little wear and crown tilts somewhat to side as it is turned; clean plastic crystal. Box in excellent condition overall; interior plaque with 3C166 serial number marking appears likely to have been created in more modern times.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1400

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Stock#: JH42623

DESCRIPTION: APW - Hamilton, Grade 974 with rare DeLong escapement, unusual 24 hour dial designed for one hour hand revolution per day, 17J, 16S, nickel OF swingout recase with "U.S. Shipping Board" marking to rear, metal dial, time-zone hour hands set 3 hours apart, SW-SS, DeLong escapement with D-shaped upright pallets extending downward below the plane of the lever, mono-metallic balance with Elinvar hairspring, nickel damascene, s#1248499. An intriguing piece, although the movement serial number ostensibly dates to about 1917 the mono-metallic balance wheel of the watch dates to the 1940s or somewhat thereafter and we suspect that the movement's other unusual features (24 hour dial and its associated gearing, and the DeLong escapement) also may have been executed at this time. Charles E. DeLong's escapement designs were granted U.S. patent numbers 1192812 and 1327226 on July 25, 1916 and January 6, 1920 respectively. The DeLong escapement was added to a small number of Hamilton, Illinois, and Ball Hamilton movements and these watches initially performed admirably with functional advantages of an increased escapement draw angle and a reduced recoil, but the DeLong escapement never gained widespread use as its benefits were offset by a potential for performance impairment following servicing due to this escapement's greater sensitivity to slight changes in the depthing of the escapement hole jewels. From the well-known Hamilton collection of Robert Bennett of Olivehurst, California.
CONDITION: Mvt: Ticking sluggishly, setting mechanism not engaging while mvt is in case, when mvt is uncased and a stem is inserted the setting mechanism engages but frequently slips out of engagement seemingly very sensitive to slight differences in stem depth, overhaul needed, excellent-plus cosmetic mvt condition overall, barrel bridge with small rub mark at perimeter adjacent larger winding wheel, some fine to micro-fine scratches near case screw positions and around balance jewel setting; excellent dial with some perimeter wear under bezel; excellent hands, small paint flake to red time-zone hand; case shows very light wear, some fine scratches and small nicks, no dents or dings, good marking detail to rear; tight bow, crown shows light wear and has tendency to snap to higher position while winding; good glass crystal.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1200

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Stock#: JH42650

DESCRIPTION: APW - Hamilton, Grade 992B with "U.S. Army" marked mvt and very unusual dial, 21J, 16S, .800 silver OF case, enamel DS dial with white center section and seconds-register, black outer chapter, SW-LS, fully capped lever escapement, mono-metallic balance with Elinvar hairspring, striped pattern nickel damascene, s#C8343. This particular movement serial number is listed in the Hamilton ledger as having been sold on April 29th, 1941. Comes with a fitted wooden box with Hamilton signature plaque to its front. From the well-known Hamilton collection of Robert Bennett of Olivehurst, California.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, nearly mint cosmetic mvt condition overall, bright lustrous surfaces, few minuscule specks of oxide to larger winding wheel and regulator spring; nearly flawless dial with small hl below seconds-register; hour and minute hands likely originally held luminous material which is now missing, hands otherwise excellent; case components with mismatched serial numbers to one another, case shows little wear, ding to band at 8, few minuscule nicks to band at 11; tight bow, crown is a chrome-plated base metal replacement showing light wear and tilts a bit as turned; clean plastic crystal. Box in excellent cosmetic condition.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1200

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Stock#: JH44637

DESCRIPTION: Clock - Chelsea, U.S. Lighthouse Service clock, approximately 5.5 inches round x 2.5 inches deep, nickel-plated brass case, "U.S.L.H. Service" marked dial with small "Chelsea-Boston" marking at bottom, KW, platform lever escapement, s#198742 to mvt, s#198552 to case. Comes with a Chelsea certificate of origin noting this movement serial number's June 29th, 1931 sale to the Superintendent Lighthouse. Comes also with a Certificate of Origin from Chelsea Clock, a winding key, and a recent servicing invoice. We believe the close, but not quite matching, movement and case serial numbers of this example are likely indicative of a depot level rebuild in a military or government facility and are not unusual among this type of clock.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall; dial with fine scratch below winding aperture, some scattered mild spots and mild lesser fine scratches; fine hands, minute with a patch of rust near center; case shows medium wear, profuse oxide and finish loss; good glass crystal.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1200

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Stock#: JH44801

DESCRIPTION: Chelsea 8-day, World War 1 era aluminum aircraft clock for the Aviation Section, Signal Corps, a predecessor to the modern day US Air Force, 107mm round, 46mm thick, original aluminum case with three mounting holes, screw down bezel and winding/setting crown at 6, back stamped "C.C.Co 117, February 1918," original black dial has turned an attractive "tropical" brown color with a 3-6-9 layout with subsidiary seconds at 12, matching s#116080 on both movement and case. The Aviation Section of the Signal Corps was founded in 1914 and was the second iteration of the United States version of an Air Force. They first saw action against Pancho Villa during the Mexican Expedition when Villa attacked Columbus, New Mexico. The entire squadron consisted of 8 Curtis JN-4 "Jenny's" at the time and only 11 pilots. With the entire Aviation section only consisting of 44 active duty officers, this was soon to change with the breakout of World War 1 with the inevitable expansion that ended 33 years later in the formation of the United States Air Force. Truly a must have piece for the early military collector or the Chelsea collector who just doesn't have "everything." From the estate of Daniel L. Haff.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, excellent-plus cosmetic mvt condition overall, scattered fine and micro-fine scratches; excellent-plus dial with discoloration and light surface spotting; excellent hands; case shows very light wear, numerous dings and scrapes on bezel from years of possible use; crown shows light wear; good glass crystal.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1200

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Stock#: JH45813

DESCRIPTION: Hamilton, Model 22 lever escapement chronometer deck watch with winding indicator, 21J, 35S, chrome-plated base metal OF original case with screw back, inner snap cuvette, silvered dial with winding indicator at 12, SW-SS with safety pin to release setting (depress pin in order to pull out stem), fully capped lever escapement, mono-metallic balance with Elinvar hairspring, "U.S. Navy - Bu. Ships - 1943" marked mvt, striped pattern nickel damascene, s#2F27429. Watch comes with its inner fitted wooden box with plaque explaining the safety setting procedure and paper label describing ideal timing positions as well as with its outer wooden transportation box with Hamilton plaque and with leather strap and buckle. Also includes a service bulletin issued by the Hamilton Watch Company.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good winding indicator function, excellent-plus cosmetic mvt condition overall, bright lustrous surfaces, few fine to micro-fine scratches on plates, missing one case screw; nearly flawless dial with very light surface spotting only visible upon close scrutiny; nearly mint hands; case shows hardly any wear, few minuscule pinpoint nicks to band, no dents or dings; crown shows very little wear; plastic crystal with small scuff below center; inner wooden box with some separation to its upper lid at rear left joint, some typical exterior wear, scuffs and scratches, plaque with chip at left side screw position; outer box in fine condition with typical scattered scratches, scrapes and dings, leather strap is present but is frayed, cracked, has evident repair and does not look structurally sound.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1100

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