Gold Watch no. 4204
Case: Yellow gold, hunting, inside covers engraved "Robert Houdin Fils, No. 9 Boul. des Italiens, Paris, Seul Depot" and "Quantiemes independants, Chronometre, Systeme, B. Haas Jne. & Cie. Brevetes, Geneve Besancon, Paris"
Dial: The first white enamel, Roman numerals, subsidiary seconds dial, outer five minute numerals, blued steel spade hands, unsigned. The second with dials for day, date & month, blued steel hands.
Movement: 20- nickel plated, three quarter plate, 15 jewels, counterpoised adjustable straight line lever escape-ment, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance-spring. Pin set
1873 - Haas Neveux, Geneva
1873 - Robert Houdin, No. 9 Boulevard des Italiens , 9, Paris, dated 9-1-1873
1992 - Antiquorum 30 Nov 1992, est ITL 10,000 - 15,000, sold ITL 32,200 ,"B. Haas Jne & Cie., Genève, Besancon, Paris, No. 4204, made for Robert Houdin, No. 9 Boulevard des I t a l i e n s , 9, Paris, dated 9 1 1873. Fine 18 ct. gold hunting cased, double face keyless patented calendar watch. C. Four body, massive "Bassine et filets" polished. D. White enamel on the front with Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring and sunk subsidiary seconds. Blued steel "spade hands". White enamel on the back with symmetrical small chapters for the days of the week and the months, outer date ring on the border of the bezel. Blued steel "lance" hands. M. 20- nickel plated, three quarter plate, 15 jewels, counterpoised adjustable straight line lever escape-ment, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance-spring. Signed inside cover and back. In very good condition. Diam.: 54 mm. Raro ed interessante orologio da tasca, a doppia faccia, con calendario completo, savonnette in oro 18 K. In ottime condizioni."
1999 - Antiquorum, 13 Nov 1999, est CHF5-6,000, sold CHF13,800, "B. Haas Jne & Cie, Genève, No. 4204/1603, Robert Houdin Fils, 9 Boulevard des Italiens, Paris, seul dépot, completed on September 1873.Fine 18K gold hunting cased, keyless double face calendar watch, Quantième Indépendant, Système Breveté. C. Four body, massive, "bassine et filets", polished with hinged glazed inner cuvette. D. White enamel on the front with Roman numerals, outer Arabic minute ring and sunk subsidiary seconds. Blued steel "spade" hands. White enamel on the back with days of themonth on border of the bezel, small subsidiary symmetric dials for days of the week and months. Blued steel hands. M. 20''', nickel plated, "fausses côtes" decoration, 18 jewels, counterpoised straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring.Signatures inside the back and the cover of the case.Courvoisier coat of arms punched on the movement.Diam. 54 mm. According to the patent No. 2870, from September 30, 1872, the three hands of the hinged calendar plate are driven once a day by a pin, set on an extra wheel of the movement. The coat of arms, used as a trademark by Courvoisier & Jonais, punched on the movement, indicates that this firm from Chaux-de-Fonds, was producing movements for the account of Haas and therefore was appointed to use its patent. Haas & Cie.Founded in 1848 by Benjamin Haas, later known as Haas Neveux & Cie., Haas is one of the oldest watch factories in Switzerland. The Haas signature has always been one of the most sought after, thanks to the impeccable craftsmanship for which it stands.Among their most notable creations was the first ultra-thin watch, launched at the end of last century. Based on a 2 mm. deep movement, this watch represented one of the industry's major innovations and completely revolutionized watch design. It lead on to the creation of exceptional wristwatches, fob-watches and jewelry watches. By blending its technical and artistic prowess, Haas assured its reputation as a manufacturer of chronometers, chronographs, and highly complicated watches.In 1870, Haas developed a new type of keyless winding for hunting cased watches, operated by opening and closing the cover.Numerous prizes and distinctions have been awarded to the company in all the major watch centres of Europe and America, confirming the esteem in which the Haas name has been held. In 1914 as an example, Haas surpassed all the other watch manufactures in the Competitions for chronometer precision held by the Geneva Observatory. The score of 879 remains unbeaten to this day.Haas' growing reputation in the Americas lead to the opening of a shop on New York's Fifth Avenue, to which followed Paris, Cannes, Besançon and Geneva. At the same time, for its Oriental buyers, Haas was one of the first to develop astronomical watches specially for this clientele.Haas is known today for its classical and recognizable design, as well as for the same attention to detail that has maintained it as one of the world's premier watchmakers since 1848.Over the past century and half, the signature used by the company has varied from time to time. The following are the more significant :Dates Corporate names Signatures 1848 Benjamin Haas B. HaasApril 1883 B. Haas Jeune. B. Haas Jn.March 1884 Nivert & Cie.November 1884 B. Haas Jeune & Cie B. HaasAugust 1895 Haas Neveux & Cie. }May 1991 Haas & Cie Haas & CieToday, Haas & Cie., Genève, is the property of the Rollei Group."
2018 - John Moran auction, 11 Dec 2018, est $4-6,000, sold $1,900, "1870s, Geneva, Switzerland
Dial: Front: white enamel dial with black Roman numerals, outer minute track with Arabic numerals every five minutes, sunken sub-seconds, blued steel spade hands; Back: white enamel with outer date track divided into 31, small subsidiary symmetric dials for days of the week and month, steel hands
Movement: 18 jewel, stem-wind and pin-set, lever-set for calendar function, nickel plated, fausses côtes decoration, counterpoised straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, Breguet balance spring, punched with Courvoisier coat of arms.
Case: 18K yellow gold hunter case, #4204, smooth-polished with hinged covers, glazed inner bezels, hallmarked, signed inside back: Quantimes Indépendants Chronometre System B. Haus Jne & Cie Brevetes Genève - Besançon - Paris; and front: Robert - Houdin Fils Ne. 9 Boul des Italians Paris
164 grams gross
Overall good condition. Winds, sets and runs. Dials: Both in good condition. Movement: Good condition. Case: Good condition. Even wear and abrasion commensurate with use."