Pink gold Repeating Chronograph Watch no. 1779
Case: Signed "Maison B. Haas Jeune, Brevetee, 5, Quai du Mont-Blanc Geneve, 104, Bd Sebastopol, Paris, No. 1779"
Movement: Very fine nickel plated 18''' movement, "fausses cotes" decoration, 36 jewels, equilibrated straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. Repeating on gongs by means of a slide on the band. The chronograph with a visible work
18?? - Haas Neveux, Geneva
18?? - Presented by the King of Bulgaria to a Bulgarian general
1990 - Antiquorum 21 Apr 1990 est 40-60,000chf unsold "Haas Le Jeune, Geneve, No. 1779, circa 1900. Very fine and historically important 18K hunting cased keyless minute repeating moonphase astronomical watch with perpetual calendar and chronograph of Royal origin, in original Brazilian rosewood fitted case and with certificate. Four body massive "demi-bassine et filets" polished case, the cover engraved with a monogram below the royal crown. The back with a monogram. Gold cuvette engine turned on the edge. White enamel dial with Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute and chronograph rings, subsidiary dials for the days of the week, the months with leap year cycle, the dates and the seconds with an inner moon phase aperture. Gold "spa-de" hands. Very fine nickel plated 18? movement, "fausses cotes" decoration, 36 jewels, equilibrated straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring. Repeating on gongs by means of a slide on the band. The chronograph with a visible work, the pushpiece on the band. Signed on the cuvette. In very good condition. Diam. 56 mm. Notes This watch was presented by the King of Bulgaria to a Bulgarian general. During World War II and after the death of the general, his widow gave it to her Jewish doctor who had been fetched in the concentration camp to take care of her health. "
2013 - Christie's 11 November 2013 estCHF 25,000 - CHF 35,000 sold CHF 33,750 "Haas. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold hunter case minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever chronograph watch with moon phases and the royal cypher of Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, original certificate and box bearing the same cypher
SIGNED MAISON B. HAAS JEUNE, BREVETE, 5, QUAI DU MONT-BLANC GENeVE, 104, BD SEBASTOPOL, PARIS, NO. 1779, CIRCA 1890 Haas. A very fine and rare 18K pink gold hunter case minute repeating perpetual calendar keyless lever chronograph watch with moon phases and the royal cypher of Ferdinand I of Bulgaria, original certificate and box bearing the same cypher Signed Maison B. Haas Jeune, Brevete, 5, Quai du Mont-Blanc Geneve, 104, Bd Sebastopol, Paris, No. 1779, circa 1890
Cal. 18''' nickel-finished lever movement, 36 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, minute repeating on two steel hammers, glazed dust cover, gold cuvette engraved with the inscription Chronometre Repetition Minutes Quantieme Perpetuel, Phases de Lune and a ribbon with attached orders, white enamel dial, Roman numerals, outer scale calibrated for 300 units, four subsidiary dials for month and leap year, day, date and constant seconds with moon phases and lunar calendar, heavy circular case, engraved Royal cypher of King Ferdinand I of Bulgaria surmounted by a crown to the front, engraved initials to the back, repeating slide and chronograph button in the band, case numbered, cuvette signed
55 mm. diam.
The following two lots, 230 and 231, were formerly the property of Ferdinand I, King of Bulgaria.
Ferdinand I of Bulgaria
Born in Vienna on 26 February 1861 as Ferdinand Maximilian Karl Leopold Maria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the aristocrat was to become the ruler of Bulgaria from 1887 until 1918. Son of prince August of Saxe-Coburg (1818-1881) and his wife Clementine of Orleons (1817-1907), he grew up in a cosmopolitan environment and moved in Austro-Hungarian high nobility circles. Serving as an officer in the Austro-Hungarian army, he was elected "Knyaz" or Prince Regent by the Grand National Assembly of autonomous Bulgaria on 7 July 1887. His title changed to King or Tsar on 5 October 1908 when the country declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
The marriage of Ferdinand I to Princess Marie Louise of Bourbon-Parma produced four children: Boris III (1894-1943), Kyril (1895-1945), Eudoxia (1898-1985) and Nadezhda (1899-1958). Following the death of his first wife after giving birth to their last child, Ferdinand I married Eleonore Reuss of Kostritz in 1908, the year in which he was crowned King of Bulgaria. He abdicated in 1918 to live in Coburg, Germany, the craddle of the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha dynasty, where he died in 1948."