This English pocket watch is a nice example of a typical English pocket watch. The Sterling silver case is quite heavy and very well made. The caseback is engine turned and engraved and the case band has a coin edge decoration. The pendant has a push button to open the caseback and reveal the keyhole for winding. Setting the time is done with a key placed on the hands. The dial is enamel with black roman numerals and a subdial for the second hand at 6 o’clock. The movement is an English lever movement with going barrel, quite common around the turn of the century. The movement swing out to the front, after pressing the little lever at 6 o’clock.
This watch has probably been worn for decades, but it looks like it has always been handled with care. The case is in good condition, however the engraving on the back and case band is partially worn of. The dial is in very good condition, with no damage or hairlines. The hands are original and in good condition. The crystal is original and the correct English type, and is in very good condition with some very light scratches. The movement is in excellent condition, keeping time within 1 minute per day. The dust cover of the movement has a matching serial number and therefore it original to the movement. Of course, the movement is fully serviced and sold with a 1 year warranty.
English pocket watches were made in a system known as “the cottage industry”. Craftsmen specialised in the production of one single watch component, like mainsprings, fusee cones, gears of balance wheels. The components were adjusted and assembled by master watchmakers. All craftsmen would live in one of the watchmaking areas. English watches were considered to be of very high quality.