Gold Repeating Watch no. 15043
Case: yellow gold, hunting, one lid with "GL" monogram with a blue L, the other engraved with coat of arms and the mottos "Republica Dominicana" and "Dios Patria Libertad" (God, Homeland, Freedom).
Dial: Double dial. The first white enamel, Roman numerals, red outer five minute numerals, subsidiary seconds dial, straight blued steel hands, unsigned. The second white enamel, subsidiary dials, displaying day, date, month and moonphase in an aperture, gold hands, signed "Quantieme Perpetuel, Brevete, B. Haas Jne. & Cie., Paris & Geneve"
Movement: Five minute repeater
18?? - Haas Neveux, Geneva
???? - Gregorio Luperon
???? - Dr. Felipe B. Cordero & Escalona
20?? - Kravit, Florida $39,000 "Rare Double Dial Perpetual Calendar Five Minute Repeater Pocket atch by B. Haas Jeune & Co. Geneve/Paris. The watch belonged to the President and Vice President of the Dominican Republic, Gregorio Luperon (1839-1897). The 20th President of the Dominican Republic (1879-1880) and Vice President of the Dominican Republic (1865). This watch was given as a gift for the safe delivery of the president's first daughter from the President to Dr. Felipe B. Cordero & Escalona (1870-1922). The president's personal family practitioner. It features a massive four piece solid 18k yellow gold case most likely made for the Spanish market. It measures 55.00mm and is finely chased and engraved with a double sided design. One side is beautifully decorated with the Dominican Republic Coat of Arms "Dios, Patria, Libertad" (God, Homeland, Liberty) while the opposite side is engraved with G.L. (President Gregorio Luperon) initials. Both crests are framed with a wonderfully inspired mariner rope borders, Serial #15043. Engraved on the inside of the cases Remontoir Perpetual DEMI Chronometer Repetition A Cinq Minutes, the cuvette is engraved with exposition medals. This case comes with Benjamin Haas Patented case/movement winding system #3945 from 1873 in which the mainspring is wound/activated with the front cover opening and closing (each cycle gives the movement up to 4 hours of running time). It is still in good working condition. It has a rare high grade Swiss five minute repeating movement by Haas with fausses cotes decoration, 31 jewels, straight line calibrated lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with blued steel Breguet balance spring, repeating on gongs through activating slide in the band. The movement is not running and it will need an overhaul in order to keep accurate time. This model features a double dial combination with two independent porcelain dials, one for time and the other for the Quantieme Perpetual calendar, flanked on two sides. The time only dial has a simple black Roman numeral index design with offset sub seconds at 9:00 o'clock. It is accompanied with a Masterful/Beautiful Perpetual Calendar Moon Phase Dial signed "B. Haas Jeune & Co. Geneve/Paris Quantieme Perpetual" with three subsidiary dials for month, day, moon phases and framed with 31 day outer chapter calendar ring. As you can see from the photos, the watch is in overall excellent condition. B. Haas Jeune & Co. Geneve/Paris, opened its doors in 1848 by the brothers Leopold (1827-1915) and Benjamin (1828-1925) Haas, both knights of the Legion d'honneur, founded the ANCIENNE MANUFACTURE DES MONTRES HAAS & CIE in Geneva."
2019 - Antiquorum, 27 Oct 2019, est USD30-40,000 "HAAS HISTORICAL POCKET WATCH WITH PATENTED WINDING-MECHANISM BY CLOSING THE COVER, FIVE MINUTE-REPEATER AND PERPETUAL CALENDAR WITH MOON PHASES; 18K YELLOW GOLD The watch of Gregorio Luperón (1839-1897), 20th President of the Dominican Republic. 18K yellow gold, double-faced hunting-case, keyless-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch, with subsidiary seconds at 6, patented winding- mechanism by closing the cover and six horological complications: • Five minute-repeater on two steel gongs (activated by the slide at 6 o’clock) The first dial features: • Hours and minutes (not considered as a horological complication) The second dial features: • Perpetual calendar • Date of the month (exterior graduation with central hand) • Day of the week (subsidiary dial at 9 o’clock; indications given in French) • Month of the year (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock; indications given in French) • Age and phases of the moon (subsidiary dial, graduated from 0 to 29 1/2, and aperture at 12 o’clock) Winding-mechanism based on the French invention patent No. 77 124, delivered on July 13, 1867, to Benjamin Haas Jeune, Paris, for a “Système de remontoir applicable à tous genres d’échappements – Montre savonnette se remontant en regardant l’heure”, later so-called “Remontoir perpétuel à décrochement”, and, the French additional invention patent dated August 3, 1869, and the English invention patent No. 3 945, delivered on December 2, 1873 (Winding-mechanism, keyless mechanism). Perpetual calendar mechanism based on the English invention patent No. 2 870, delivered on September 30, 1872, to Benjamin Haas Jeune, Paris (Calendar mechanism). Cover and case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine cut) with stylized geometric patterns; the cover engraved and black and blue enamelled with the cypher “L G” of Gregorio Luperón (1839-1897), 20th President of the Dominican Republic; the back engraved with the coat-of-arms of Dominican Republic and the country’s motto “Dios, Patria, Libertad” (God, Homeland, Freedom). Brand Maison B.Haas Jeune Model Montre perpétuelle se remontant en regardant l’heure, Nouveau système Breveté Year Circa 1880 Movement No. 15 043 Calibre 19’’’, lever escapement Case No. 15 043 Diameter 53.4 mm Signature Dial, case and movement Accessories Copies of the invention patents. Notes According to the previous owner, the watch was given as a gift for the safe delivery of President’s first daughter, from the President to Dr. Felipe B. Cordero Y Escalona (1870-1922), President personal family practitioner. Luperón, Gregorio (September 8, 1839 – May 21, 1897) Afro-Dominican leading soldier and patriot, military general and statesman who was one of the leaders in the restoration of the Dominican Republic after the Spanish annexation in 1863. He was Vice President (January 24, 1865 – March 24, 1865) and 20th President of the Dominican Republic (December 6, 1879 – September 1st, 1880). In the early 1880’s, he served as a diplomat in Paris, representing the democratically elected government of his successor, Father Fernando Arturo de Meriño (1833-1906). He remains one of the greatest heroic figure of his country. Benjamin Haas patented winding-mechanism by closing the cover, “remontoir perpétuel à décrochement” In 1867, Benjamin Haas patented an interesting winding mechanism by closing the cover, which transmits the power via two levers to a ratchet wheel on the barrel arbour with a safety device disengaging the mechanism when fully wound. The design was quite successful, and Haas employed it in some of his best watches, mostly with horological complications. The initial idea was progressively improved, and the one employed in the 1890’s is a well-developed system with a 36-hour power reserve generated by only twelve closings. To accomplish this, Haas changed the going train, adding an additional wheel, which allowed him three hours winding by a single closing. He also designed a safety device disengaging the mechanism when fully wound, which was necessary to prevent damage to the cover. Among the twenty or so known pieces with “remontoir perpétuel à décrochement”, the present watch is one of the four most complicated known today from this series. The three others are: • No. 13 760, made circa 1875, with minute-repeater, perpetual calendar with moon phases and two-time zone (double-faced). Antiquorum, Hong Kong, auction, April 28, 2018, lot 504, for the amount of HK$ 525 000.- (~ CHF 67 000.-). • No. 15 722, made circa 1880, with minute-repeater, retrograde perpetual calendar with leap-year indicator and moon phases (not double-faced). Etude Millon, Paris, Drouot Richelieu, December 6, 2011, lot 207, sold for the amount of € 41 000.- • No. 15 849, made circa 1880, with minute-repeater, perpetual calendar with leap-year indicator and moon phases (not double-faced). Antiquorum, Geneva, auction, November 13, 2011, lot 494, for the amount of CHF 56 250.- Haas The house founded in Geneva in 1848 by the brothers Léopold Haas (1827-1915) and Benjamin Haas (1828-1925), later becoming “Ancienne Maison B. Haas Jeune”, then “Haas Neveux & Co.”, is one of the oldest Swiss watch manufacturers. The Haas signature has always been one of the most sought after, thanks to the impeccable standards of the company. Haas gained a reputation as a manufacturer of fine chronometers, chronographs, and highly complicated watches. Among their most notable creations was the “remontoir perpétuel à décrochement” (1867 and 1873), a perpetual calendar (1872) and later the first ultra-thin watch movement (circa 1896). "