Eska. A rare 18ct gold automatic square wristwatch with centre seconds and cloisonné enamel dial 'Galleon,' Case No.146851, Circa 1950

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Eska. A rare 18ct gold automatic square wristwatch with centre seconds and cloisonné enamel dial
'Galleon,' Case No.146851, Circa 1950

Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 22,461) inc. premium
Eska. A rare 18ct gold automatic square wristwatch with centre seconds and cloisonné enamel dial
'Galleon,' Case No.146851, Circa 1950
17-jewel copper-finished lever movement, polychrome cloisonné largely green enamel dial depicting a frigate in full sail, with 'Caravelle' scratched on the reverse for 'sailing ship,' applied square-shaped and baton numerals, gold dauphine hands, sweep centre seconds, square case with snap on back, down turned fancy lugs, gilt metal dust cover, fitted later green leather strap with later buckle, case, dial and movement signed
32mm.

Footnotes

  • Eska Watch Co, Grenchen was founded by Sylvan Kocher in 1918. The Eska name is the phonetic abbreviation for S.K., Kocher's initials. In the 1950's the company was registered as S. & E. Kocher. In the Stern Frères archives, all deliveries to Eska were marked "Kocher".

    Cloisonné enamel is often considered by collectors to be the finest of the dial-making arts. Rare, complex and fragile, these dials are valued for their vivid colours and imaginative designs. Produced mostly in the 1950's by such companies as Huguenin & Cie, Stern Freres, and Charles Poluzzi, these dials were supplied to Rolex, Omega, Vacheron and Eska, among others.

    A similar cloisonné enamel dial watch by Eska was sold in these rooms on the 4th December 2013 (lot 286).
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