899/​475

A gentleman's wristwatch of 18k gold. Model Astrolabium 2000. Mechanical movement with automatic winding and several astronomical functions, cal. 2824. Multi-coloured dial with black hour markers and blued hands. Black leather strap with Christiaan van der Klaauw C-type buckle of 18k gold. Watch diameter 40 mm. Circa 2005.

Christiaan van der Klaauw has never been content in just producing time-only watches. Since 1974, this Dutch manufacturer has made astronomical timepieces, each containing one or several complications that measure the celestial bodies above us. The design behind the Astrolabium 2000 model is directly inspired from the astrolabe, a historical astronomy instrument that was used for determining the time by means of the position of the sun, moon and stars. Designed with a mind-boggling astronomical dial, the watch features several overlapping and rotatable rings indicating equinoctial time, local time, position of the months, zodiac signs, elevation and azimuth of the sun and moon, the diurnal and nocturnal hours, the moon phases and the aspect of the sun and moon in relation to each other. Furthermore, the watch houses a hand-engraved modified ETA 2824 movement and is offered with the original box and certificate of origin from Christiaan van der Klaauw, representing a perfect opportunity for collectors looking to acquire a rare and astronomical timepiece.

Condition

All wristwatches up for auction were in working condition at the time of their consignment and inspection, but they have not been tested over a longer period of time. Since the wristwatches are in a used condition, no warranty is provided for their functionality or of the originality of any replaced parts in the wristwatches, such as the dial, hands, bezel, mechanical parts etc.

Payment is possible only by credit card in the salesroom or by bank transfer.

Auction

Wristwatches, 2 December 2020

Category
Estimate

80,000–100,000 kr.

Sold

Price realised

75,000 kr.