Vertex retailed by Fortnum and Mason London silver vintage purse watch, hallmarked 1936
A sterling silver purse watch with sliding cover
With a pleasing action, the front cover of this purse watch slides open, thereby releasing the inner case which is hinged and springs upwards to a fixed, angled position; this places the watch in an ideal position for viewing when placed on a desk or bedside. The front, back and sides of the case all have a decoratively ribbed, machined finish and there is an applied gold monogram to the cover. Most unusually this watch has the retailer’s name of Fortnum and Mason in London. The dial has strong two-toning and a very attractive Art Deco numeral configuration.
Vertex & Revue were brand names of the Swiss firm Fabrique D’Horlogerie Thommen SA. The Revue brand was predominantly used as a brand name for the company’s movement calibres.
[M] Revue 10.5”’ manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] silvered two-tone dial, the dial centre with high sheen silvered finish with black Arabic numerals at the quarters, matt finished chapter ring with black batons at the quarter hours and square indexes at the intervening hours, blued steel hands [C] sterling silver case with plain polished inner case hinged into an outer silver case with ribbed surfaces to the front, back and sides, the sliding front cover with applied gold monogram ‘RJA’ [S] case and movement signed for Vertex Revue, the dial with the retailer’s signature Fortnum and Mason, London
Case closed: 42.5mm x 30.5mm
Inner case width: 25.5mm
Case open max length: 71mm
Depth to centre of covers excluding monogram: 10mm
This watch has been fully serviced and is sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. This timepiece is accompanied by a Black Bough leather watch pouch.