A mint solid silver, key-wind Turkish market lever pocket watch, and ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping good time in a fully marked hunter. The watch signed to the case and with a most attractive mint condition colored enamel and gold edged dial. The watch made or sold by the famous Turkish firm of K. Serkisoff of Constantinople (today the city is called, Istanbul). This type of watch is featured in the book on 19th and 20th century Pocket-Watches by Alan Shenton on pages 180-181 and the movement made for Billodes by Zenith of Switzerland. 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 key-wound man's Turkish market hunter pocket watch, dating from ca. 1880, from the Victorian period. The watch is clearly marked silver and in its original period case and with beautiful full color enamel dial.
Vacheron Constaintin are one of the finest Swiss watchmakers in history, and in the time-peiod that this watch was produced they were of similar quality to that of Patek Philippe as the world's best. The watch dates from the early 1940s, and this is a gorgeous example. The watch has been serviced by a Rolex trained watchmaker and both the movement and case have bee fully cleaned and overhauled.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the color enamel dial with black Turkish numerals and in bright condition with a subsidary dial and colored floral work to dial and name of mazker, "K. Serkisoff of Constantinople. The dial a perfect condition gold leaf band to outer edge and with fine blue steel spade hands. Diameter is 42 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition. The dial in simply stunning condition, most unusual for watches of this type which are so often found damaged or with the gold leaf and other color work badly worn.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with gilt plates and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. An uncut two arm bimetallic balance, with hairspring and straight line Swiss lever escapement. The movement overall of very good quality and with 15 capped ruby jewels. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time for a 140 year old watch. The watch fully signed in English, "Billodes" and with company trade mark and made for them by Zenith. Most unusually the watch movement has also been signed in Arabic close to the balance bridge. The watch is key-wound, and set through the back and comes with a key. The movement overhaul in superb order showing little wear and excellent gilding to the plates and dust cover. The watch runs for ca. 30 hours and comes with a winding key, with the movement wound through the back cover and also the hands set.
THE CASE: 100%,the solid silver hunter case measures an impressive 52 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are hinged and close nice and tightly. The case with Turkish and Swiss hall-marks and silver sterling marks . The case sponsor mark of "Billodes" and various other letters and symbols. The rear cover pops open when the typical split pendant button is depressed. The inner dust cuvette with engraving around the winding holes. The case with shield and garter to centre of top cover. The top cover opens when the upper part of the split button in the pendant is depressed. The inner case bezel very finely engraved and chased, in crisp condition. The raised band with light wear to fine milled design. All springs have been removed from the case and the case carefully cleaned, the springs re-greased and replaced back into the case. This is a high quality Turkish marker hunter watch, and watch in this condition are now becoming very hard to find.