AUCTION : 210425

Horology & Jewelry Semi-Live Auction Event
Sunday, April 25th, 2021

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THIS IS A PARTIAL CATALOG as of 03/03/2021, subject to revision.
The full catalog will be published in early April.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be able to have live bidders in attendance.
We will accept live online bidding and pre-arranged telephone bids.
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#: JH47788

DESCRIPTION: APW - Elgin, B.W. Raymond with winding indicator, rare Grade 544, WWII era U.S. Army Air Corps "Master Navigation Watch," 22J, 16S, chrome-plated base metal OF original case with contract markings to rear, white enamel 24-hour "GCT" (Greenwich Civil Time) dial, SW-hack-set with sweep-seconds, fully capped lever escapement, "U.S. Army A.C." marked mvt, striped pattern nickel damascene, s#39516430. A very rare high grade military watch with winding indicator, the total production of the Grade 544 was only 200 made with all examples produced in a single run. This notably low output of only 200 made is singularly rare among 16 size B.W. Raymond production, as the production totals for the seventeen other 16 size B.W. Raymond grades range between 1000 made and 184500 made. The movement of this example is marked "21 Jewels" but in fact has 22 jewels due to the jeweled sweep-seconds bridge at center. This inaccurate jewel count marking is the norm for earlier examples of the World War military B.W. Raymond movements as these entered the initial production process intended for the civilian railroad watch market but were then repurposed by Elgin with the addition of the sweep-seconds feature to fill the pressing military demand, and it wasn't until somewhat later into their production that the military B.W. Raymond movements were produced with an accurate "22 Jewels" marking. From the collection of Dr. Robert Restuccia.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good winding indicator function, good hacking function, nearly mint cosmetic mvt condition overall, some typical mild micro-fine scratches; nearly flawless dial with short micro-fine scratch near 17 hour numeral; nearly mint hands; case with prominent scratches, pitting and chrome loss to upper perimeter of rear, left to upper-left of band, and to upper-left of bezel with these flaws appearing to have come from attempts to open with a knife or tool followed by polishing efforts to reduce these marks, otherwise case shows light wear, numerous additional scratches and dings elsewhere, profuse fine to micro-fine scratches, no dents, lightly stamped contact marking detail remains legible; tight bow, crown shows light wear; glass crystal with fine scratch toward upper-left.
ESTIMATE: $800 - $1600

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Stock#: JH48645

DESCRIPTION: EPW - Rolex, Swiss, World War II era British military, 52mm, nickel OF original Rolex case marked "B 5202" to its rear in addition to British military pheon (broad arrow) marking, white enamel SS impressed dial, SW-SS, lever escapement, 15J, mono-metallic balance with white hairspring, fausses-côtes pattern nickel damascene, caliber 548, military contract s#5202 marked to case rear and to lower portion of case band. An excellent example of this British military piece.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, some scattered micro-fine scratches and small surface spots, winding wheels and regulator with some scattered small oxide spots; excellent dial with small edge chip under bezel at 8:30, mild edge rub under bezel between 10 and 11; excellent hands; case shows very little wear, few small but deep scratches at upper edge of bezel adjacent pendant, no dents or dings, excellent engraving detail; tight bow is oriented a bit out of parallel with case band, crown shows very little wear; clean plastic crystal.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1300

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Stock#: JH48538

DESCRIPTION: EPW - Vacheron & Constantin, Genève, Corps of Engineers U.S.A., 51mm, 0.900 silver OF original V&C case with "Property of Corps of Engineers, U.S.A, No. 10804" to rear, signed silver cuvette, white enamel SS dial having hour numerals originally with luminous material, skeletonized hands originally contained luminous material, SW-SS, lever escapement, 15J, gilt mvt, s#382565. This 15 jewel time-only Vacheron & Constantin Corps of Engineers watch is quite rare with a total production believed to be only approximately 400 made. The Corps of Engineers marked time-only watches were issued to the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) between 1917 and 1919 and were supplied by a variety of American and European makers that used in-house movements including Hamilton, Elgin, Vacheron & Constantin, Ulysse Nardin, and Zenith; and also an additional number of examples were supplied by Ulysse Nardin that made use of movements subcontracted from makers Moser & Cie, International Watch Co, and Movado. This information, as well as much more on the class of Corps of Engineers marked pocket watches, can be found in an excellent March 2014 NAWCC Bulletin article by Thomas Koenig.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running when wound but mainspring is likely broken as it slips audibly with every several turns of the crown, overhaul needed, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, good gilt tone with some light bits of haze, some typical micro-fine scratches; dial with complete loss of luminous material from hour numerals, light hl from 12 to center, light hl above seconds-register, small drops of what appears to be glue residue on surface at upper and lower portion of seconds-register seat; hands with complete loss of luminous material, otherwise excellent, minute with finish loss to its inner portion; case shows light wear, scratch to rear extending between left sides of "U.S.A." and "No. 10804" markings, slight compression type denting of central rear, ding to right rear shoulder, mild dent to band at 4 with associated surrounding surface dings, some additional nicks and mild dings elsewhere to band, cuvette with two dings at perimeter toward pendant side, good contract marking detail, cuvette with a bit of play at its hinge through the lower portion of its opening range; bow pivots semi-freely, chrome-plated base metal replacement crown shows very little wear; glass crystal with internal edge flake at right perimeter, glue excess at its seat.
ESTIMATE: $700 - $1100

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Stock#: JH48539

DESCRIPTION: EPW - Longines, Swiss, U.S. Army Air Corps Type A-13 "Navigation Master Watch" with winding indicator, 54mm, chrome-plated base metal OF original Longines case with contract markings to rear, silvered GCT (Greenwich Civil Time) dial, SW-hack-set with sweep-seconds, fully capped lever escapement, 21J, snail-cam regulator, "U.S. Army A.C." marked mvt, fausses-côtes pattern nickel damascene, s#6046827.
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good winding indicator function, good hacking function, nearly mint cosmetic mvt condition overall, bright lustrous surfaces, some small fine scratches to balance cock, few very small micro-fine scratches to main plate; dial with short scratch below "1" hour numeral, some scattered tiny dark spots, curved mark at perimeter between 53 and 58 minutes possibly caused by a past rubbing of sweep-seconds-hand tip, some perimeter rub under bezel; excellent hands; case shows light wear, typical fine scratches and nicks, few small mars along band/bezel seam possibly caused by a past attempt to open with a tool, excellent contract marking detail, chrome loss to center rear, portions of bezel, and in scattered additional areas elsewhere; tight bow, crown shows light wear; glass crystal with small scratch at lower-left perimeter.
ESTIMATE: $600 - $1000

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Stock#: JH47711

DESCRIPTION: Hamilton, Model 22 with scarce "Property U.S. Army" marked dial, lever escapement chronometer deck watch with winding indicator, 21J, 35S, chrome-plated base metal OF original case with screw back, originally with inner snap cuvette which is no longer present, silvered dial with winding indicator at 12, SW-SS with safety pin to release setting (depress pin in order to pull out stem, though this safety pin is no longer functioning), fully capped lever escapement, mono-metallic balance with Elinvar hairspring, "U.S. Navy - Bu. Ships - 1942" marked mvt, striped pattern nickel damascene, s#2F21892. A scarce piece, we've only encountered a small number of examples with this "Property U.S. Army" signed dial. These are addressed briefly in Marvin E. Whitney's "Military Timepieces" on page 395 with comments regarding the sale of these pieces from the Navy to the Army with the comment: "On those that the Army purchased, the back engraving was left as it was and the words 'Property U.S. Army' were engraved on the dial."
CONDITION: Mvt: Running, good winding indicator function, safety pin for setting mechanism not functioning as crown can be lifted to setting position without depressing the pin first, fine-plus cosmetic mvt condition overall, scratch across barrel bridge near its mid-point, few typical mild fine to micro-fine scratches elsewhere; dial with overall darkening, some surface spots with majority in perimeter areas; excellent hands; case is missing its inner snap cuvette, case shows hardly any wear, short scratch to band at 2, some fine scratches elsewhere, excellent contract marking detail; crown shows very little wear; plastic crystal has profuse fine to micro-fine scratches.
ESTIMATE: $500 - $800

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