Watch Data

White gold Repeating Wrist Watch no. 22300

Case: White gold

Dial: Silvered, applied Breguet numerals, white Breguet hands, signed "Haas Neveux & Cie., Geneve".


???? - Haas Neveux, Geneva

2014 - Christies sale 3401 - 2014 Dec 9 Estimated 30 000 $ - 50 000 $. unsold "Haas Neveux & Cie. A Fine Platinum Minute Repeating Wristwatch with Breguet Numerals Description : Haas Neveux & Cie. A Fine Platinum Minute Repeating Wristwatch with Breguet Numerals.Signed Haas Neveux, No. 22'300, Circa 1930.Mechanical jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, minute repeating on two polished hammers onto a gong, repeat activated through a slide in the band, silvered matte dial, applied Breguet numerals, outer railway minute divisions, tonneau-shaped case, back secured by four screws, case, dial, and movement signed.32mm width.Special Notice.Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country..Saleroom Notice.Please note that this watch is 18k White Gold, not Platinum as stated in the catalog..View Lot Notes >.Lot Notes.Haas & Cie. was founded by Leopold and Benjamin Haas in 1848 and manufactured from the beginning small series of gold or platinum watches featuring classical complications such as perpetual calendars, repeaters, chronographs and split-second chronographs..Over the years, new family members joined the company and consequently it was renamed to Haas Neveux & Cie. in 1884. In the same year, Haas launched a highly innovative pocket watch with a movement that was wound by opening and closing of the cover. This mechanism was further developed and patented and presented at the 1893 Chicago World Exhibition. They also took a special interest in chronometers and entered watches into competition at the Geneva Observatory, where one of its chronometers won with 878.8 points..Their success and notoriety producing complicated watches led the company to open a store on Fifth Avenue in New York City in the 1920s. However, the fortune of the company weakened in the Great Depression and the company went under in the 1930s..The presently offered minute repeating wristwatch is immediately reminiscent of a Patek Philippe minute repeater and Haas Neveux was equally respected, although lesser known at the time, within the American market. The barrel shape of the watch with classic Breguet numerals make for a look that epitomizes 1930s design. The rarity of Haas Neveux repeating wristwatches is extreme and this is the only known example in white metal. Made shortly before the company went bankrupt, this example represents the end of an era of a watchmaking company that was loved for its spirit of ingenuity, highly complicated watches, and understated elegant design. "

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