Nicole & Capt, London, for Tiffany & Co., New York, a rare, gold, keyless split seconds chronograph pocket watch with regulator dial, 21 jewels, stem wind and pin set, gilt 3/4 plate movement with lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance and platinum timing screws in an 18 karat, yellow gold, hinged back and snap bezel open face case with makers mark "AN" within an engine turned ring, roman and arabic numeral double sunk white enamel regulator dial, blued steel spade and whip hands, serial #7476, 50mm, 129.6g TW, c1875.
CONDITION: CASE: Band with small dents and flat spot; Back with shallow dents and waves; A few dings; Minor scratches on outer surface of case; Fine scratches on inner surface of case; Fine scratches on inner surface of cuvette; Bow loose; Crown worn; Precious metal content marked.DIAL: Hairlines in enamel, light; Edge chip; One foot missing. HANDS: Minute hand with minor oxide and loss to blue; Hour hand replaced; Chronograph hands correct, the upper with minor oxide and lacking gilding; Chronograph hands with bends. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches and scuffs on plate; Scratches at ratchet wheel and intermediate setting wheel; Scratches and minor oxide/ pitting on winding wheels; Steel components of under dial chronograph mechanism with scattered, small patches of oxide; Column wheel a poorly made but functional replacement; One split seconds start/ stop tong replaced. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) . COMPLICATION FUNCTION: Chronograph functional and both hands start, stop, and return to zero. When using the split function, the hands hang up when at 180 degrees to each other. The hands do reunite as they should when the crown is pressed. Will need service and adjustment.
ESTIMATE: $3000 - $5000
PRICE SOLD: $1700