Gold Watch no. 595
Case: Gold, hunting, hinged cuvette signed "Robert Augustus Cummings from Florence Eloise Hood, Dec 14th 1892 "
Dial: White enamel, Roman numerals, blued steel Breguet hands, subsidiary seconds dial, signed "Albert H. Potter & Co., Geneva"
Movement: Nickel, bi-metallic balance with blued steel balance spring with Breguet overcoil with polished steel kidney piece, long pivoted index regulator, capped pallet pivots, signed "Albert H. Potter & Co., Geneva, No. 595
18?? - Potter, Geneve
1892 - Robert Augustus Cummings, 14 Dec 1892, Born 28 Aug 1866 Norfolk, England, died 21 Oct 1962 Pittsburgh, PA. See also Find A Grave
2015 - Private collection
2015 - NAWCC forum
2023 - Jones Horan auction, 23 Sep 2023, est $7-11,000, sold $10,000, "Albert H. Potter & Co, Geneva, lever chronometer with "A P" form mvt plates, 52mm, 18K gold drum style original Albert H. Potter & Co HC with trademark balance wheel logo inside rear, "Robert Augustus Cummings from Florence Eloise Hood Dec. 14th 1892." engraved inside front, small Jürgensen-style lips, glazed observation cover over mvt, bow with chain guards, white enamel SS dial, SW-SS, fully capped lever escapement with counterpoise, 20-21J, articulated index regulator with scale on barrel bridge, spotted pattern nickel damascene, s#595. Gross weight of assembled watch 96.4 dwt (150.0 g). An excellent example of this renowned top maker's work, Albert H. Potter was born in New York in 1836 though the majority of his watchmaking activity took place after his emigration to Switzerland in 1876. The spotted damascene finish of this example is very attractive and is seen less often among this movement type than a more simple fausses-côtes finish is seen. From the collection of Ethan Lipsig. CONDITION: Mvt: Running, excellent cosmetic mvt condition overall, bright lustrous plates with some typical mild fine to micro-fine scratches, few very short scratches and small nicks to visible portion of dial plate perimeter, barrel stopworks Maltese cross element with micro-fine scratch striations presumably from a past sanding; dial with hl horizontally crossing upper portion of seconds-register, few light hls right of dial center, few scattered mild micro-fine scratches; nearly mint hands; case shows little wear, few pinpoint nicks, no dents, some portions of upper-left of Albert H. Potter marking and balance wheel logo inside case lid are lost or nearly lost to rub; tight bow, crown shows little wear; good glass crystals."