Gold Repeating Watch no. 327
18?? - Potter, Geneve
2003 - Sotheby's, 17 Oct 2003, est $20-30,000, sold 19,200, "A rare gold glazed hunting cased minute repeating perpetual calendar watch with moon phases, ALBERT H. POTTER & CO., GENEVA, no. 327, circa 1880
nickel lever movement, wolf's tooth winding, bi-metallic compensation balance, slide repeat, glazed cuvette, white enamel dial, roman numerals, four subsidiary dials indicating day, date, month combined with leap year indication and constant seconds combined with phases and ages of the moon, polished case, case, dial and movement signed. diameter 52mm. Albert H. Potter (1830-1908) was born in Saratoga County, New York and later served his apprenticeship in Albany. In 1855, he established himself in New York City. After later spending five years working in Cuba, he returned to the United States and organized a watch company with his brother William Cleveland Potter. In 1876, he moved to Geneva where he produced approximately 600 watches. His complicated watches sold for prices beginning at $250."
2009 - Sotheby's, est $8-12,000, sold $8,750, "Albert H. Potter & Co., Geneva
A RARE MINUTE REPEATING PERPETUAL CALENDAR WATCH WITH MOON-PHASES IN A LATER 18K YELLOW GOLD GLAZED HUNTING CASE CIRCA 1880 NO 327
* bi-metallic compensation balance, glazed cuvette * white enamel dial with hairlines, four subsidiary dials indicating day, date, month combined with leap year indication and constant seconds combined with phases and ages of the moon * later polished case, repeat slide in the band, hinged back * case, dial and movement signed
diameter 56 mm
Albert H. Potter was born in Saratoga County, New York in 1830 and served his apprenticeship in Albany. In 1855, he established himself in New York City. He spent five years working in Cuba and later returned to the United States and organized a watch company with his brother William Cleveland Potter.
In 1876, he moved to Geneva where he produced approximately 600 watches. His complicated watches sold for prices beginning at $250.
Potter remains the most celebrated American maker of pocket chronometers. The present example incorporates many features unique to Potter's production, including his patented safety barrel, his own form of pivoted detent, the arrangement of the passing spring and his method of securing the movement in the case.
During his career Albert H. Potter created such a small number of watches that a perpetual calendar example, such as the present, is especially unusual and rare.
2012 - Antiquorum, 11 Mar 2012, est CHF 16,000 - 22,000 , sold CHF 31,250 , "ALBERT H. POTTER ? WATCH WITH SIX COMPLICATIONS Albert H. Potter & Co., Genève, No. 327, circa 1885. Very fine and extremely rare, minute-repeating, 18K gold, hunting cased, keyless pocket watch with perpetual calendar and moon phases. C. Three-body, "bassine et fi lets", polished. Glazed gold-rimmed cuvette to view the movement. D. White enamel with radial Roman numerals, outer minute track, subsidiary dials for week days, months of the leap year cycle, the date and seconds with inner moon-phase aperture. Blued-steel spade hands. M. 19"', nickel plated, 31 jewels, wolf?s tooth winding, part in screwed settings, counterpoised straight -line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance, Breguet balance spring with overcoil, repeating on gongs activated by a slide on the band. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 52.5 mm. Notes
To the best of our knowledge, this is only the second watch by Potter of this model to appear at auction. Another example, No. 319, was sold from the Atwood Collection, Sotheby?s, New York, December 1, 1986, lot 367. "