R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts will hold their spring clock and watch auction on April 26th & 27th, 2014 at the Radisson Hotel on Elm St. in Manchester, New Hampshire. Among the many lots to be sold during the first session are five US Navy pocket watches, three of which bear consecutive serial numbers, purchased by the Navy from T.S. & J.D. Negus. These three, and six others, were acquired by the United States government for use by the famous Greely relief expedition in 1884.
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Adolphus Greely and a party of 24 volunteers had set out for the arctic three years earlier, with plans to return in 1883. Their mission was part of the First International Polar Year, a cooperative multinational effort to establish 14 principal observation posts for the concurrent collection of geophysical data. Scheduled resupply trips failed to reach Greely and his men, who were then left to survive on their own. Only seven of the original party were found alive when the relief expedition eventually reached their encampment. Data collected during the first IPY are particularly relevant today, as they are currently being used in the study of climate change.
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There are several other very important watches being sold including Charles Fasoldt Patent Chronometer #539, pocket watches by Jules Jurgensen, Patek Philippe, Tiffany & Co., Tompion & Graham #4546, a skeletonized coach watch by Imison, a collection of 18th and 19th century enamel watches, and others. Wrist watches that include Patek Philippe ref. 5059J and ref. 5110J, A. Lange & Sohne, and Omega will also be sold.

Inquiries regarding the Negus chronometers, or any other item should be directed to Daniel Horan at R.O. Schmitt Fine Arts, LLC. The complete sale catalog is currently posted online, and also available for purchase at www.roschmitt.com. Catalog orders and inquires may also be submitted by calling (603) 432-2237 or by contacting sales@roschmitt.com.