West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel vintage manually wound wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel vintage manually wound wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch
West End Watch Co. 'Sowar' circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch

West End Watch Co. ‘Sowar’ circa 1940 | steel mid-sized manually wound vintage wristwatch

This mid-sized wristwatch has a stylish silvered dial with bold blued steel hands and centre seconds. The West End Watch Company was based in Geneva and St Imier in Switzerland. Originally part of Alcide Droz & Fils of St Imier, the West End Watch Co. also had a major presence in Bombay and Calcutta. In Bombay, the West End Watch Co. were the agents for Longines. West End Watch Co’s trademark of a ‘W’ within a 6 pointed star was registered in 1938 and appears on the outside case back and movement of this watch. In the same year (1938), West End Watch Co. registered the model name ‘Sowar’ which appears on the dial of this watch. Around this time, the West End Watch Co. became one of the first brands to introduce the newly patented Incabloc shock absorbing system to their watches.

For the construction of the case, The West End Watch Co turned to the specialist watch case making company Taubert & Fils. From the late 19th Century, when it existed under the name Frères Borgel, Taubert & Fils was one of the finest Geneva based case makers and specialists in the manufacture of high quality dirt and moisture-resistant cases. Taubert cases are of exceptional quality and were used by some of the finest makers, including Patek Philippe, for whom Taubert famously supplied the superb screw-back case for the chronograph reference, 1463.

There is tarnishing and some light scuffs/scratches to the dial, there are also light scuffs and scratches to the case and wear to the surface finish of the crown. There would originally have been a thin, soft metal dust cap covering the movement between the case back and movement – this is now lacking but its absence does not affect the watch’s running or case back sealing.

Specifications

[M] West End Watch Co (FHF calibre) manually wound gilded movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH
[D] silvered dial, black Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands
[C] steel two-piece steel case, the upper case with flat polished bezel chamfering to the body, screw-down decagonally-edged steel back, fixed bar lugs, inside back with Taubert Fils UK patent number 385.509
[S] case, dial and movement signed

Measurements

29mm diameter excluding crown
35mm length including lugs
11mm depth to centre of crystal
16mm strap width/lug gauge

Accompaniments

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

£425.00

1 in stock

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Description

This mid-sized wristwatch has a stylish silvered dial with bold blued steel hands and centre seconds. The West End Watch Company was based in Geneva and St Imier in Switzerland. Originally part of Alcide Droz & Fils of St Imier, the West End Watch Co. also had a major presence in Bombay and Calcutta. In Bombay, the West End Watch Co. were the agents for Longines. West End Watch Co’s trademark of a ‘W’ within a 6 pointed star was registered in 1938 and appears on the outside case back and movement of this watch. In the same year (1938), West End Watch Co. registered the model name ‘Sowar’ which appears on the dial of this watch. Around this time, the West End Watch Co. became one of the first brands to introduce the newly patented Incabloc shock absorbing system to their watches.

For the construction of the case, The West End Watch Co turned to the specialist watch case making company Taubert & Fils. From the late 19th Century, when it existed under the name Frères Borgel, Taubert & Fils was one of the finest Geneva based case makers and specialists in the manufacture of high quality dirt and moisture-resistant cases. Taubert cases are of exceptional quality and were used by some of the finest makers, including Patek Philippe, for whom Taubert famously supplied the superb screw-back case for the chronograph reference, 1463.

There is tarnishing and some light scuffs/scratches to the dial, there are also light scuffs and scratches to the case and wear to the surface finish of the crown. There would originally have been a thin, soft metal dust cap covering the movement between the case back and movement – this is now lacking but its absence does not affect the watch’s running or case back sealing.

Specifications

[M] West End Watch Co (FHF calibre) manually wound gilded movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH
[D] silvered dial, black Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands
[C] steel two-piece steel case, the upper case with flat polished bezel chamfering to the body, screw-down decagonally-edged steel back, fixed bar lugs, inside back with Taubert Fils UK patent number 385.509
[S] case, dial and movement signed

Measurements

29mm diameter excluding crown
35mm length including lugs
11mm depth to centre of crystal
16mm strap width/lug gauge

Accompaniments

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