Jules Jurgensen 2-Train split chronograph and locket with chain
Lot 44
Jules Jurgensen, Copenhagen. An unusual fine and rare 18K gold hunter cased two train keyless lever watch with independent center seconds, jump fifth seconds and flyback chronograph and a gold chain with locketNo. 11866, 1880's
Sold for US$ 11,500 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Jules Jurgensen, Copenhagen. An unusual fine and rare 18K gold hunter cased two train keyless lever watch with independent center seconds, jump fifth seconds and flyback chronograph and a gold chain with locket
No. 11866, 1880's
Highly jeweled nickel finished movement with two spring barrels wound by alternate turns of the crown, counterpoised straight line lever escapement with gold capped bridges, bimetallic balance with overcoiled spring and regulator index on the train bridge, Jurgensen's patent bow setting, independent seconds train planted between the barrels, chronograph work under dial and activated by single rectangular button on case band that is locked by closing front lid, gold cuvette with monogram on the interior, white enamel dial with fifth seconds ring and minute ring enclosing roman chapters, blued steel hands and gold sweep hand, subsidiary dial for fifth seconds, gold cuvette, within a coin edge engine turned case, case, dial and movement signed, accompanied by the owner's rose gold chain and monogrammed locket. 53mm

Footnotes

  • The original owner of this rare watch was Thomas Cruse (1836-1914), an Irish immigrant that came to America and after years of struggling to strike gold in California, came to Montana hoping for better luck. In 1883, Cruse struck big at Drumlummon and soon after sold the mine to the London Mercantile Association for $1.5 million (roughly the equivalent of $35 million today). Cruse, a man of humble origins, who never learned to read or write, was suddenly one of the richest men in the West. A locally beloved and generous tycoon, Cruse is a legend in the Helena area and was recently inducted into the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame.
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