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205-4264 Pocket watch: important English tourbillon with extremely rare cage, the "Lister" tourbillon from 1921, auctioned in Geneva for CHF 267,500 in 2003!
Ca. Ø53mm, ca. 147g, 18K gold, Hallmarks 1921, glazed movement, extremely rare tourbillon movement in 2-arm design, case and movement with matching numbers, plate completely signed and numbered, enamel dial, blued steel hands, overall in very good condition, dial with minimal peripheral craquelling, in working order. This is the "Lister" tourbillon that led to a sensational result at a Geneva auction in 2003. The estimated price of 40,000-50,000 Swiss Francs was far exceeded and the tourbillon was sold for 267,500 Swiss Francs. (source: https://www.cortrie.de/go/R7v). The design features of this tourbillon are sensationally rare. This superb example of a tourbillon uses an Ébauche by Nicole, Nielsen with a two-armed cage instead of the far more common three-armed version, making it lighter and therefore more precise. The case is stamped FT for Fred Thoms, renowned for his exceptional cases he supplied to the finest English watchmakers for their most prestigious timepieces. W. Lister & Sons Ltd, 32 & 34 Northumberland St, Newcastle-on-Tyne, were manufacturers of precision timepieces from the early 19th century. In 1853 the firm won first place in the Greenwich Chronometer Test, followed by others, also with considerable success. We know of no other tourbillons of this quality from Lister & Sons. This tourbillon was part of one of the most extensive and important collections of tourbillons until 2020.
Limit: 25.000 €
Estimate: 100.000 €