Steel West End Watch Co. Sowar Prima vintage wristwatch, circa 1940
A steel mid-size manually wound wristwatch with original presentation box
This mid-sized wristwatch is in remarkably good condition for its age, with a lovely silvered dial and bold, blued steel hands. Most unusually, the watch still retains its original West End Watch Co. presentation box.
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 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.
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. The company’s case stamp was F.B. within a cartouche. Borgel 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.
West End Watch Co (FHF calibre) manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Incabloc shock absorber; silvered dial, black Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands; two-piece steel case with screw-down case back, satin finished sides, polished bezel, the case signed both for West End Watch Co., and FB for: Frères Borgel/Taubert & Fils, fixed bar lugs; case, dial and movement signed.
Diameter excluding crown: 28.5mm
Length including lugs: 34.5mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10.5mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 16mm
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