Bonhams Sale 16834 -15 Sep 2009

The catalogue for Bonhams forthcoming sale of clocks and watches is online now.

Some nice things in it as always - here are a few of the stranger itesm that caught my eye:

Lot No: 109
Jaeger LeCoultre. A gold plated centre seconds alarm stirrup watch

Estimate: £300 - 500

I have no idea what a stirrup watch is (I guess it's the kind worn by nurses, pinned to their uniform), but this clearly isn't for a nurse (maybe some sort of military officer?)
Lot No: 110
Omega. An early 20th century open face pocket watch conversion with Russian inscription on the reverse

Estimate: £300 - 500

I love the early pocket watch conversions - indeed having the crown at 12 o'clock feature was something I used on the series 2 case design.
Lot No: 120
Heuer. A single button yachting recorder
Yacht Timer, 1960's

Estimate: £300 - 400

not sure what this is for exactly, but I like the combination of delicate colours and massive button!
Lot No: 123
Omega. A split seconds chronograph within a specially designed red protective case
Olympic Timer, 1960's
65mm (Case, 95mm diameter).

Estimate: £700 - 900

This is a guess, but I imagine that the 60s were probably the last time that these kind of analogue human-operated timers were used at the Olympics (estimate sounds quite a lot, but I might be in there if it goes low enough!)
Lot No: 303
An early 20th century desk timepiece and appointment book circa 1939
"Time Secretary", US Patent D-105,811, the movement by Imhof
The tooled leather bound diary with pen holder and centrally mounted Swiss jewelled timepiece movement with lever escapement, 2.25 inch dial, Arabic numerals and hour sectors followed through onto the diary pages 22cm (8.5in) x 15.5cm (6.25in).

Estimate: £250 - 300

This is without doubt my favourite item in the sale - such a strange combination of watch and diary. I wonder if anyone who brought one ever actually used it?

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