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Timepiece dedicated to historic Polish watchmaker up for auction

The limited edition gentleman's ‘Warszawianka’ wrist watch is the first of 15 rare watches created

A timepiece dedicated to watchmaker Franciszek Czapek is up for auction at Fellows Auctioneers in Birmingham on Tuesday 30 October for £4,500 – £5,500.
The watch brand is named Warszawianka due to it being a patriotic song in Poland, and there is an inscription on the dial which includes lyrics.

The brand was founded by Czapek in the 19th Century, a watchmaker and a veteran of the Polish November Uprising (a rebellion against the Russian Empire), who moved to Switzerland after the fall of the military rebellion and devoted the rest of his life to the art of watchmaking.

Michael Jagiela, watch specialist at Fellows Auctioneers, said: “This is one of several extremely rare watches we have up for auction on October 30. The cabochon features a piece of amber – one of the world famous symbols of Poland. Furthermore, the number ‘6’ is red to underline the hour at which the November Uprising started.

“There are many unique features which are combined together creating a truly exquisite watch that merges Swiss precision with the Polish soul.”

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