A near mint solid 18k gold, keyless-wind English lever pocket watch, and ticking away strongly and keeping good time. The watch signed under to the case and made by the Company of William Ehrhardt of Birmingham and a rare watch by this important English maker. This is a most unusual solid gold pocket watch. The watch just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker and keeping very good time for a 130 year old pocket watch.This is a beautifully made English key-wound man's pocket watch, from the late Victorian period.
William Ehrhardt: The company was founded in 1856 in Birmingham and his addresses included 30, Paradise Street and 26, Augusta Street and from 1872 onwards at 72, Great Hampton Street. Their grades were from zero jeweled cheap and cheerful models, through to 15 jewel hand finished movements, and all the way up to Kew Grade "A" certificate and karrusel watches. They went bankrupt in 1924 during the economic depression of the period. See "Watches 1850-1980" by Cutmore pages 84 - 89 for more complete details. This company made a large number of watches for English retailers in the late 19th century.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the solid gold dial with bold black Roman numerals and in bright condition. The dial with blue steel fleur-de-lys hands. Diameter is 37 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with a gilt three quarter plate and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. An uncut three arm 9k gold balance, with hairspring and lever escapement. The movement overall of very good quality and with 15 jewels. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time for a 120 year old watch. The watch with number 76501. With the dial removed, the movement top-plate shows the typical Ehrhardt company ebauche and movement size of "12". Note the interesting and rather complicated early keyless winding system.
THE CASE: 100%, the solid 18k gold case measures an impressive 42 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are hinged and close nice and tightly. The case with London hall-marks and silver sterling marks . The case sponsor mark of "WE" for William Ehrhardt of 72, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham , case number of 76501, and number "21" possibly for the individual case batch or finisher. The watch of a handy size, and fully engraved all over the case. the rear cover with rubbed cartouche to the centre. The inside dust cuvette with dedication dated, July 29th 1884. This is a high quality English watch, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.