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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Early 18K Gold and ENAMEL Hunter Pocket Watch by VERDIERE c1820"
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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
The watch has French touché marks for 18K gold. This means the case is not stamped 18K but uses symbols instead, if you do not understand this, please do ask
The watch is working but looses around 20-30 minutes a day
Movement – the early slim gilt bridge movement has a cylinder escapement and is in 90% mint condition – some tiny marks only
Case – the movement comes in a slim 18K gold Hunter case, which has a hinged back and front cover and a snap on bezel.
The front cover pops open to 90 degrees when you press the stem in
The inner cover is signed “A Verdiere, Rue Dauphine n 15 a Paris, No 3213”
The case is profusely decorated with an intricate floral pattern carved into the case, then flooded with black enamel. The case is decorated with flowers, leaves and shells. The case is in 85% mint condition – a very beautiful case in original condition with some surface enamel loss only, i.e. there are some small areas where the enamel has worn away by half its depth, not enough to reveal gold however
Dial – the silver dial has a polished outer chapter ring and is decorated with engine turning. The dial has gold Breguet style hands and is in 90% mint condition – some marks in the centre
The watch is key wound / key set. Please note to set the hands, the bezel and glass must be removed and replaced. To avoid this, we would suggest drilling a hold through the glass to accommodate the key, which was normally done with these types of watches in this period
The watch has a mineral glass
The watch is key wound and Key Set and comes with a key