Fantastic Watches for Sale This Summer at The Canterbury Auction Galleries!


On the 2nd of August The Canterbury Auction Galleries will be selling a fantastic selection of pocket and wristwatches, including a magnificent Memento Mori Pocket Watch, A Gentleman's Patek Philippe 18K gold cased automatic calendar wristwatch, and a Gentleman's Audemars Piguet "Quantieme Perpetuel No. 003" 18K gold cased wristwatch

Among the finest of the pocket watches for sale in our August auction is Lot 187! 

Lot 187: 

A fine late 18th Century gentleman's gilt brass cased "Memento Mori" pocket watch by George Flote of Islington, No 127, and dated 1791, the 52mm white enamel dial finely decorated in black with central shield pattern cartouche, decorated with a cockerel, an owl and a skull and crossbones, flanked by a standing figure of "Father Time" and a trumpeting classical female, the central circular dial with Arabic numerals and fine gold hands with central half second indicating sweep second hand, the movement with duplex escapement and finely pierced and engraved watch cock, the centre set with a rose diamond and the lower section decorated with oval profile of a gentleman, with fine chain fusee, plain turned pillars and fitted dust cap, contained in good quality gilt brass double opening case and central release button within bow, 65mm diameter overall, (case makers mark star above W.M) and with later ivory handled winding key for same
Note: George Flote recorded working London 1805-1808, maker of beautiful clocks and unusual watches


Estimate £2000-3000

Memento Mori is a reminder of our own mortality. It is commonly used in artwork, decoration and architecture (including tombs) as a subtle yet morbid reminder that we all have to die eventually. The skull is most commonly used in Memento Mori pieces to symbolise death, but time is also an equally significant symbol used in Memento Mori. The idea of time ticking by, leading us to the inevitable fate of death, therefore makes Memento Mori a fitting theme to be used on the decoration of clocks, and in this case a pocket watch. This pocket watch is full of symbolism; most classically the skull and “Father Time” with his hour glass, which together is a clear reminder of mortality; we cannot live forever and eventually our time will run out.

Memento Mori, although morbid, is a fascinating indicator of the human relationship with death. Although time can change many things, the inevitability of death, but also the fascination with it, is something which time does not seem to change and is something which seems to be deep rooted in the human psyche. Perhaps this is what makes Memento Mori pieces so appealing!

This is a fine quality pocket watch, in basically good overall condition. The dial is clean and extremely well defined, the gold hands appear to be original. The movement is of good quality and appears to be in working order and the engraving piercing to the watch cock is of extremely high quality. Overall appears in excellent overall condition. The case is crisp and well fitting, with only minor light wear to the back of the case. All catches and buttons appear to be in good working order. The winding key is obviously a later replacement with a turned ivory handle but is well in keep with the watch. This is been entered for sale by a private collector of watches. It is a first class example of a memento mori watch. Good overall sound condition.


Our August sale will also see some extremely fine wristwatches go up for auction; lots which stand our in particular are: 


Lot 226: A modern gentleman's Audemars Piguet "Quantieme Perpetuel No. 003" 18K gold cased wristwatch, Calibre 89172, the sateen champagne rectangular dial with four central dials showing day, date, month and phases of the moon, with plain numeral batons, in plain rectangular curved case, 45mm x 28mm, with black leather strap and conforming 18K gold clasp, contained in green leather covered rectangular presentation box 

Estimated at £11,000 to 13,000


Lot 227: A 1990's gentleman's Patek Philippe 18K gold cased automatic calendar wristwatch, Model 5035, Movement No. 3 055 176, "Calibre 315S QA aut"), the white enamelled dial with raised gold Roman numerals and date aperture and three central dials showing day, month and 24 hour clock, with sweep seconds hand and luminous gold hands to the thirty-five jewelled automatic movement, 37mm diameter with crystal back, and brown crocodile leather strap, with Patel Philippe 18k gold clasp, complete with Certificate dated 27th August 1996, and original mahogany rectangular box with cream leather interior

Note : This model was featured in the Spring 2016 Patek Philippe magazine, pages 35-37, and was voted Watch of the Year 1996-2005

Estimated at £13,000 to 16,000

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