at Sotheby’s 10 June 2013
A MASSIVE YELLOW GOLD AND ENAMEL WATCH WITH REGULATOR DIAL AND CENTER SECONDS WITH STOP FEATURE CIRCA 1780 JESSOP SOUTHAMPTON STREET LONDON
• gilt cylinder movement, diamond endstone, cock pierced and engraved with foliate scrolls, above a grotesque mask, the movement fitted with a stop lever for the seconds, gilt metal dust cap • white enamel dial with multiple hairline cracks, subsidiary mean time dial below 12 o’clock, with center seconds • consular case centered by armorials including motto Elevorubi Consumer, encircled by translucent blue and green enamel against an engine-turned ground, the bezels further heightened by opaque white enamel beading, winding shutter in the center panel opens by means of a lever fitted near the case hinge • dial and dust cap and movement signed, case stamped with casemaker’s mark RP
diameter 64 mm
diameter 64 mm
The coat of arms featured on the reservse of the present lot is for the Kotschubey Family, from the Crimean Peninsula and who are descendants of Tartar nobility. The inscription underneath the shield reads, “Flevor Ubi Consumor.”For two similar watches see, Cammerer Cuss, T., The English Watch 1585-1970, pp. 238-239, pls.145 and 146, where it is noted that the center seconds can be set to the second and thus acts as a simple stopwatch. Further similarities include a nearly identical dial with eccentric hours and minutes and one case also stamped RP probably for Richard Palmer.