empressissi™ is pleased to offer this hi grade, all original and in excellent condition CELLINI 'hunter' style pocket watch for men, large and impressive in 14K solid yellow gold. Cellini was a trademark registered by Kollros-Kappeler in Bienne, Switzerland in 1926. As a result, it is believed this watch to be from that period.
This watch is part of a large and mostly impressive, museum level collection of a retired IAF pilot that we are delighted to offer for sale in our website. In 2016 we serviced a small portion of his collection that was later auctioned at Christie's Geneve. We are now pleased to offer the substantial part of the collection for sale; these include repeaters, chronographs, Hunter-cases (Savonettes) and open faces, most complex and interesting antique Swiss and American pocket watches of the finest standards.
The watch houses an early Fontainmelon ebauche 19 ligne large lever set caliber with gilt finish and design similar to the Lange hi grade movements. The mechanism is in overall excellent condition, running on 15 jewels, keeping accurate time with sub seconds. The movement is cased in a large 14K solid yellow gold 'Savonette' (Hunter style) case with firm solid gold bow, original crown, good hinges and lift spring, mint savonette mineral crystal and overall fantastic condition with internal dust cover from 14K solid gold as well. The thick case has a net weight of 48g of gold.
The dial is a factory original enamel white with sought after double sunken design and Arabic numerals with no visible damage. It has an original set of Louis XIV style hands.
This one of a kind gold pocket watch measures 53mm side to side (excluding crown).