Platinum, rock crystal & diamond Wrist Chronometer no. 3897
Movement: s/n; 3897, circular caliber 10 ligne, 18 jewels, Geneva seals. This movement obtained the Poincon de Geneve quality seals at February 6, 1926 and was one of a batch of six (3897-3902).
1926 - Niton, Geneve
19?? - 2018; The Coda Collection
2019 - James Alfreson
2015 - Skinner Fine Jewelry Auction, 9 Jun 2015, Lot 293, est $1,500-2,500 sold $6,765 "Art Deco Platinum, Rock Crystal, and Diamond Pendant Watch. France, the white metal dial with Arabic numeral indicators, 18-jewel Niton Geneve movement no. 3897, stem-wind and stem-set, within a carved rock crystal case set with baguette-, single-, and full-cut diamonds, lg. 1 1/2 in., bail no. 8499, maker's mark and export stamp, marked L.R., and suspended from a white gold paperclip chain with bezel-set diamonds and pearls, lg. 29 in. Provenance: The Coda Collection, Functions; simple hour, minute. Artist and illustrator Corinne Davidov launched The Coda Collection at the Marche aux Puces, in Paris, in the mid-1960s with the purchase of Pierre Turin's bronze medallion commemorating the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs, the world's fair that heralded the modern age of design. The visual world of Jazz Age Paris, city of Picasso, Matisse, Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel and the Ballets Russes, became the focal points of the collection and a reference and inspiration for Davidov's work. Co-author of The Bakelite Jewelry Book, with Ginny Redington Dawes, Davidov sought out pieces that reflected the spirit of the period, elegant and streamlined, colorful and witty, bold and modern. On the 90th anniversary of the landmark Art Deco exposition, Skinner is pleased to offer several important pieces from the Coda Collection. A second offering (featuring costume jewelry, paintings, and objets d'art) will come to auction in the fall of 2015. Winds, sets, ticks when wound. Crystal case with "flea bites" to edges. "
An Art Deco rock crystal diamond and platinum pendant watch and chain.
An Art Deco slim case pendant watch in a linear and stepped transparent and frosted rock crystal case the dial enhanced by baguette diamonds suspended by a fine link chain set in platinum at intervals with small old cut diamonds and pearls .
The combination of semi precious rock crystal, diamonds and platinum was a new and sought after combination for smart jewellery in Art Deco times as now.