A mint condition solid 18k gold hi-grade 17-jewelled half-hunter cased pocket watch by the Royal watch-makers, Barraud and Lunds of London. The watch recently serviced and overhauled and keeping very good time indeed. The watch is very substantial and weighs complete approximately 115 gram of which ca. 67 grams is the solid 18k gold case. This is a beautifully made keyless-wound man's solid 18k gold hunter pocket watch, dating from 1903. Clearly, the watch was made from profits out of the mine which specialised in silver and lead.
The watch with several fine and rare features: the high quality free-sprung movement by the famous makers Barraud and Lunds; a solid and substantial 18k gold half-hunter case and most interesting is the inscription. This refers to El Centenillo, which was a key mining area in Andulsia in Spain. There has been mining there since the Roman period, with some mine shafts reaching down 650 feet in depth. Minerals from these mines are mainly poly-metallic sulphurous masses composed of ferrous-copper pyrite with a high concentration of sulphur and trace amounts of gold and other metals. (See for example: http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5139/). The company that ran the mines was English. It was called the "New Centenillo Silver Lead Mines Company Limited", and founded in 1898. The village is in the north of Andalucia, next to the town of La Carolina. The Linares-La Carolina mining district emerged on the 19th industrial mining scene as one of the principal international centres of reference. The mining revenues produced during such a long period of time have translated into a varied and high-quality legacy. Finally, see the following high detailed internet reference in Spanish on this mining company and its impact on the local area, http://www.juntadeandalucia.es/cultura/aga/Cenfocoa/DetalleFondo.jsp?id=217.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the white enamel dial with black Roman numerals and in bright condition with no hairlines or chips. The dial with fine gold hands. Diameter is 42 mm and signed, "Barraud and Lunds, 3/4751". The inner crystal is also in excellent condition and retained securely.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with finely finished gilt three-quarter plate and a Bosley regulator, and blue steel screws. A cut two arm bimetallic balance, with hairspring and club tooth lever escapement and free-sprung, clearly a very high grade of English work, from one of the top makers. The movement of good quality and with 17 jewels, with jewels held in place in gold chatons and two screws to ensure a secure location. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping excellent time . The watch movement signed, "Barraud and Lunds, 14, BishopsGate Within, London" and number 3/4751. The hand-set via the push-piece at 4.00 showing evidence of a typical English rocker-bar based system.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the solid 18k gold half-hunter case measures 50 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are hinged and close nice and tightly. The case with top cover which pops open when the pendant button is depressed. The inner solid 18k gold dust cuvette in fine order. The case with 18k and 0.750 gold marks, London hall-marks and "JW" case maker mark.
The rear cover with very fancy and elaborate two-color enamelled monogram, for "AH" in red and blue. The case band and case covers in excellent condition, and all are very crisp and fresh.
The inner dust cuvette with fascinating inscription, dating to 1905: £10,000 on deposit; El Centenillo, from H.S. to A.H., 1905, a token of esteem; 10,000 tonnes in reserve".