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Gold Repeating Chronograph Chronometer no. 16123

Case: Yellow gold, case no. 16123, signed "BHJ Co., G", hinged cuvette.

Dial: White enamel, fancy Breguet numerals, gold Louis XV hands, subsidiary dials for seconds, day, date, month & moonphase, five minute numerals, outer 0-300 numerals, signed "Haas Neveux & Co., Geneve , Paris".

Movement: Nickel, bi-metallic balance with blued steel balance spring with Breguet overcoil with polished steel kidney piece, micrometer regulator, lever with counterpoise, stamped with Geneva seal, numbered "16123" on main plate.

Provenance:
1898 - Haas Neveux, Geneva

1937 - Mrs George W. Stewart, 2341 Commonwealth Avenue, Chicago, IL, Sep 1937, in a letter from Haas Neveux, which reads: "

Mrs George W Stewart,
2341 Commonwealth Avenue,
Chicago (Ill.)

Madam,

We acknowledge receipt of your lettre of 9th inst.

We managed to find in our factory books the details about the watch No 16123, ie open face 18 cts gold watch, minutes repeater, perpetual calendar, chronograph with minutes register, this piece having been manufactured in 1898.

As this date lies nearly 30 [40] years back, we unfortunately do not be any longer in pos[s]ession of the sales' records referring to that time.

We trust the information we are able to give you can be of some useto you and remain, Madam,

Yours respectfully,
Haas Neveux & Co

Ps Please find enclosed 5 cents US postage stamp which can still serve you, as it cannot be used from Switzerland."

2016 - Dr Crott auction May 14, 2016: "Haas Neveux & Co., Genève, Paris, Case No. 16123, 53 mm, 135 g, circa 1898 A gentleman's extraordinary, astronomical minute repeating pocket watch with chronograph with 30 minutes counter, perpetual calendar and moon phase - with historically interesting extract from the archives, dated September 22nd, 1937 Case: 18k rose gold, polished. Dial: enamel. Movm.: bridge movement, Geneva quality hallmark, gold screw compensation balance. Although this is a highly complex dial, it has a kind of light and playful appearance which it takes from the unusually curved and partly blue numerals. The top-class movement was probably created in the workshops of Louis Elisee Piguet – the anglage of the steel parts as well as the exquisite finish of the surface satisfy even the highest expectations in terms of quality.

Haas & Cie. In 1848 the brothers Leopold (1827-1915) and Benjamin (1828-1925) Haas, both knights of the Légion d'honneur, founded the ANCIENNE MANUFACTURE DES MONTRES HAAS & CIE in Geneva. The company excelled in unique and exceptional pieces and achieved its reputation with exquisite watches that pass for modern even today. Rare treasures such as the split second chronograph and beautifully wrought pocket and wristwatches were created in accordance with the manufacturer's fundamental motto of simplicity, technique and elegance. Benjamin Haas invented a form of winding where the mainspring was wound by opening the front cover of a hunting case watch. Patents, 1873, p. 48 illustrated and outlined British patent No. 3945, issued Dec. 2, 1873 to B. Haas. This patent was licensed to other makers. 1884 Haas changed their name to Haas Neveux & Cie, to communicate that new family members had taken positions in the company. At the same time the original logo of B.H. & Co. (for Benjamin Haas & Co) was changed to a small running hare and the letters HNC in an oval shape - representing the dynamic attitude of the company. In 1896 Haas Neveux & Cie establishes a record with an ultraflat 2mm movement for a ladies' watch and wins a first price for precision in the 1902 competition of the famous "Observatoire de Genève". #42126 35,000 - 40,000 €"

2018 - 1stdibs £47,429.59

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