This mid-sized wristwatch has a lovely silvered dial and bold, blued steel hands. 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.
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. Taubert’s case stamp was F.B. within a cartouche and this is almost always found in the case backs of cases supplied to the West End Watch Co., interestingly, however, in this case, only Taubert’s British patent number 385.509 is stamped. This patent was first registered in the UK in 1932 for Taubert’s cases with decagonally-edged ‘fluid-tight’ backs. A patent for the design had already been registered in Switzerland the previous year.
This watch is fitted with a handmade Christopher Clarke for Black Bough pull-through, pig skin strap.
[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
28mm diameter excluding crown
34.5mm length including lugs
10mm depth to centre of crystal
16mm strap width/lug gauge
One Year Guarantee – this watch has been fully serviced
Black Bough box and Black Bough certificate