A mint and substantial solid 18k gold pocket watch made by Waltham, the 15 jewelled Washington grade, in the 19th century. The watch is ticking away strongly, recently cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker. The watch in a very high quality fully engraved solid 18k gold case, so clearly made for someone with a deep pocket when new, 100 years ago.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the white enamel dial with raised black Roman numerals in bright condition with no chips or hairlines. Dial with gold spade hands. Diameter is 41 mm. The glass is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with finely damasced plate and finely engraved balance cock. A micro-adjustment star regulator, and a substantial ruby endstone setting, fine blued steel screws. A bimetallic balance, with flat hairspring and jewelled to the balance staff and through the train with gold plated wheels and jewels set into chatons. A lever escapement in very good condition. The movement with lots of nice features such a safety barrel and beautifully finished throughout. The movement number of 8,951,xxx dates the watch to 1898.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the the solid 18K gold case measures an impressive 46 mm outside diameter and the complete watch weighs a substantial 44 grams. The hinges are excellent with the covers all closing tightly, and the bow is original and tight to the case. The watch with 18K stamps as shown. The top pendant and bow also in stunning condition. The case band with a raised finely ribbed profile. The inner dust cuvette also clearly marked for solid 18k gold and with an early owners name inscribed. This is a high quality case, with deep and rich engraving to the case back and all over the case band, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.