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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Rare Heavy 18K Gold Hunter Pocket Watch with a MOONPHASE Calender and a Retrograde Date. By French"
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It has clear assay marks and clear London hallmarks for 1882
The watch has been cleaned and serviced and keeps excellent time
Movement – the gilt ¾ plate movement has a lever escapement and is signed “French, Royal Exchange, London, No. 23220. The movement is in 95% mint condition – small marks only
Case – the movement comes in a massive 18K gold Hunter case, which has case maker's marks initials for AS. The back cover has a series of different marks due to a repair around 1918.
The front pops open crisply to 90 degrees when you press the winder in.
The case has beautifully carved edges with carved detailing on the stem and bow also
The THICK and HEAVY Case is in 95% mint condition – light surface marks only
Dial – the white enamel dial has a Day, Date, Moon and Month function. The Day and Date function change automatically every 24 hours and the moon changes every 48 hours. The Date function moves onto 31 and then flies back to 1 in a Retrograde action. As the date does this, the month pointer moves on one month. The Day, moonphase and Date functions are changed by levers to the side of the bezel. The Date function is a push action lever. As the Month function is calibrated to the retrograde function of the date, the month cannot be changed manually, you have to adjust the date in order to set the month. The dial has a beautiful gold disc below the sub seconds with a gold and blue enamel moonphase dial. The dial has a full set of blue steel hands and is numbered No 1461. The dial is in 95% mint condition – some tiny hairlines on the white enamel sub seconds dial.
The watch has a mint condition
The watch is stem wound / lever set