This is a rare and early gold lady’s wristwatch with a white enamel dial and original gold buckle. It is particularly unusual to find watches from this period with a centre seconds – the majority of early wristwatches had either subsidiary or no seconds. The white enamel dial is handsomely designed with a sunken centre and outer tracking calibrated for 1/5 second increments. Signed by the retailer, John Hunt of Bristol, there is some wear to the dial’s signature. There is a chip to the enamel at the edge between 10 and 11 o’clock; a hairline crack from the chip runs just below the numeral at 10 o’clock and the very tip of the minute hand is lacking.
Also notable is the stitched leather strap which is fitted with a very early 9ct pink gold pin buckle. The buckle is English made and has Chester hallmarks for the year 1923. The case is of early bassine-form retaining its original knurled winding crown, down-turned wire lugs and glass. There are some scratches to the glass, one noticeable to the upper right-hand portion. The case has London import hallmarks for the year 1919-1920 and the stamp of George Stockwell who imported and assayed Swiss made watch cases.
[M] Swiss jewelled lever movement with pearled finish, bi-metallic compensation balance, 18,000 BPH
[D] white enamel dial with sunken centre, Arabic numerals, outer track calibrated for minutes/fifths of a second, blued steel minute, hour and centre seconds
[C] 9ct yellow gold bassine-form case, hinged bezel and case back, original knurled winding crown, down-turned wire lugs, London import hallmarks for 1919
[B] 9ct pink gold pin buckle with Chester hallmarks for 1923
[S] dial signed John Hunt, Bristol
28mm diameter excluding winding crown
9.5mm depth to centre of crystal
10.5mm lug gauge/strap width
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Black Bough box and Black Bough certificate