Ulysse Nardin Sonderserie Hirsenbrunner Shanghai - Trench Watch 1920
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15 Mar 2021 - 26 Mar 2021
|Reference number||Antike orig. Ulysse U. Nardin Hirsbrunner Shanghai 900 Sterling Silber HAU 1920|
|Year of production||1910 (Approximation)|
|Condition||Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||
No original box, no original papers
|Location||Germany, Bayern - Schwabach|
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Subject of the Offer:
The magnificent 900 sterling silver artifact of this offering is nothing less than a piece of watchmaking history and that in two ways
Original Ulysse Nardin (Ulysse Nardin signed in the very early time only "u. Nardin") Trench Watch in excellent, almost mint condition from before 1920, coming from a certainly very small special series, which the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer has probably made especially for the luxury watch importer "Hirsebrunner&Co" in Shanghai and signed on the dial.
"Hirsebrunner&Co" is/was a legendary luxury watch and jewelry importer of the early 20th century based in Shanghai. Many large and world-famous luxury watch manufacturers supplied Hirsebrunner & Co exclusively for the Chinese or all-Asian market. As is well known, "the Germans" were very active in China at the beginning of the 19th century (topic Boxer Rebellion ...)
The exclusive piece of this offer is not only a very early model of this world-famous luxury watch manufacturer "Ulysse Nardin", but also an example of a very small series produced for the Chinese/Asian market at the turn of the century, even rarer and more exclusive is almost impossible ...
34mm case diameter, exclusive 900 sterling silver case, three lid watch with hinge and inner movement protection lid - 2nd lid also solid sterling silver
Unrestored flawless, pure white dial with fine, high quality Breguet hands, radium filled Arabic numerals 8red "12" ...) and circulating railway minute track, signed twice orig.
Both covers signed - one with "u. Nardin" logo - with case number 369416, lids close easily, flush and bombproof. Fine and robust, unsigned mechanical hand-wound movement with early fine adjustment
The magnificent luxury piece runs on and through (accuracy not tested), super noble 900 sterling silver finish in collector's best condition and absolutely exclusive provenance of a very small export special series as evidenced by dial signature.
ez: 1* Collector's best condition! Barely visible signs of age and wear, dial unrestored flawless, radium fillings perfectly preserved, Breguet hands in top condition like new - running on and through
History of the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer "Ulysse Nardin"(Source: Wikipedia):
Ulysse Nardin is a Swiss watch manufacturer based in Le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel. The company produces in the upper luxury segment.
Léonard Frédéric Nardin (* 1792) was the first watchmaker in the family. His son Ulysse (1823-1876) founded a watch factory in Le Locle, Switzerland, in 1846. After the sudden death of its founder, under his son Paul David, who was not yet 20 years old, the company specialized, among other things, in marine chronometers, with which it won many awards.
From 1906, the United States Naval Observatory bought deck watches and pocket watches from Ulysse Nardin until 1942, when Switzerland was isolated from the occupied countries around it. As early as 1940, these watches were copied by the American company Hamilton and further developed using industrial methods.
Pocket watches with complications such as a calendar, moon phase, perpetual calendar, alarm and chiming mechanism were built at the parent company. Around 1900, about 300 employees worked at the plant. Some of the watches from this period are on display in the Le Locle watch museum.
For the 1936 Summer Olympics, a wristwatch for men in stainless steel with chronograph and automatic winding was launched.
In 1982 and 1983 the company was close to insolvency. Together with other investors, the Swiss Rolf w. Schnyder, who had previously built up factories for (quartz) watch parts in Malaysia, took over the desolate company, in which only two people were still employed. Numerous historically and artistically valuable pieces from the company's own collection had disappeared or been stolen. Within a few years, Schnyder succeeded in bringing the "Ulysse Nardin" brand back to the forefront of Swiss watchmaking. Schnyder's partner and friend, the watch designer Ludwig Oechslin, played a decisive role in his success.
On April 14, 2011, Schnyder passed away unexpectedly after a short illness. "Thanks to the succession plan already in place, operational management by the current members of the Executive Board can continue without interruption and in the spirit of Rolf w. Schnyder to continue," the company announced the day after his death.
In 2014, Ulysse Nardin was sold to the French luxury goods group Kering (formerly ppr)
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