Arnex (Reuge) Musical Automaton Alarm Watch
This watch is no longer for sale (sold on 2008-09-27)
Price : US $1,700.
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Up for auction: A musical alarm pocket watch with automatons by Reuge, retailed by Arnex circa 1975. The watch is in excellent working condition and starts right up as soon as you start to wind it. When the alarm goes off, 'Oh what a beautiful morning' starts to play and the automatons begin to move. The gentleman on the horse moves his arm up and down, the horse itself lowers its head to drink the water and the lady operates the pump. Water can be seen flowing from the pump into the basin from which the horse drinks. The watch case is gold plated and is 57mm in diameter.
The original box and key are included (the key is a Breguet ratchet style and is used to wind up the music box). As can be seen in the photos, you can prop the watch up by opening the back cover. One can also start up the music and automatons by pressing a button under the back cover.
The watch is entirely mechanical and has a 17 jewel Swiss movement.
The watch looks a lot better than my photos indicate!
You can still buy these watches from Reuge, though they have a slightly different appearance (I'm not sure if the new ones have the alarm function). Do lo
This watch is sold (sold on 2008-09-27)
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Dr. Jim said...
What was the selling price.