Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch
Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch

Swiss, hallmarked 1929-30 | silver manually wound wristwatch

An early mid-sized silver model, this Swiss wristwatch has UK import hallmarks for the Edinburgh assay office that date it to 1929-1930. The silvered dial features the 12 o’clock painted in red, an ‘accent’ adopted by early wristwatch dial manufacturers to act as a quick reminder of its position – this was due to the fact that, on an open-faced pocket watch, the 12 o’clock position was usually located beneath the winding crown, i.e. the 3 o’clock position on a wristwatch dial. The hinged case is typical of early wristwatch designs but has clearly defined lugs rather than the simple wire bars found on many of the wristwatches of the earlier 1900s and 1910s. Silver was a popular metal that was frequently used for wristwatches well into the 1930s, but seems to have fallen out of favour as improvements in the handling and production of anti-corrosion steel cases led to a dramatic increase in steel cased watches. Steel is considerably tougher and stronger than silver and allows crisp angles and edges to be more easily cut, yet silver has a softness that is particularly suited to cases with rounded bezels and backs and is of course, by its nature, a very handsome metal.

Specifications

[M] gilded attributed to FHF (Fontainemelon S.A.), lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance
[D] silvered, black Roman numerals, red 12 o’clock, decorative vertically grained centre, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, blued steel moon hands
[C] sterling silver, hinged rounded bezel, hinged back with engraved monogram dated July 3rd, 1931, inside back with Edinburgh import hallmarks for 1929-1930, down-turned fixed bar lugs

Measurements

29.5mm width excluding crown
34mm length including lugs
9mm depth to centre of crystal
15mm strap width/lug gauge

Accompaniments

One Year Guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough box and Black Bough certificate

SKU: WZSEH Categories: , Brand:

Description

An early mid-sized silver model, this Swiss wristwatch has UK import hallmarks for the Edinburgh assay office that date it to 1929-1930. The silvered dial features the 12 o’clock painted in red, an ‘accent’ adopted by early wristwatch dial manufacturers to act as a quick reminder of its position – this was due to the fact that, on an open-faced pocket watch, the 12 o’clock position was usually located beneath the winding crown, i.e. the 3 o’clock position on a wristwatch dial. The hinged case is typical of early wristwatch designs but has clearly defined lugs rather than the simple wire bars found on many of the wristwatches of the earlier 1900s and 1910s. Silver was a popular metal that was frequently used for wristwatches well into the 1930s, but seems to have fallen out of favour as improvements in the handling and production of anti-corrosion steel cases led to a dramatic increase in steel cased watches. Steel is considerably tougher and stronger than silver and allows crisp angles and edges to be more easily cut, yet silver has a softness that is particularly suited to cases with rounded bezels and backs and is of course, by its nature, a very handsome metal.

Specifications

[M] gilded attributed to FHF (Fontainemelon S.A.), lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance
[D] silvered, black Roman numerals, red 12 o’clock, decorative vertically grained centre, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, blued steel moon hands
[C] sterling silver, hinged rounded bezel, hinged back with engraved monogram dated July 3rd, 1931, inside back with Edinburgh import hallmarks for 1929-1930, down-turned fixed bar lugs

Measurements

29.5mm width excluding crown
34mm length including lugs
9mm depth to centre of crystal
15mm strap width/lug gauge

Accompaniments

One Year Guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough box and Black Bough certificate

£275.00 [Sold]