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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Solid 18K gold Pocket Watch Sold by ASPREYs. In a Borgel Case c1910"
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The watch has clear 18K gold assay marks and the watch weighs in total 72.6g
Please note that due to the way the case has been made, it is very difficult to remove the movement from the case.
Movement – the gilt 3 finger gilt movement has a lever escapement with a micrometer regulator. The movement is jewelled to the centre with a large gold jewel setting, held in place by screws. The movement has a capped escape wheel and gold train wheels. The movement is signed “Adjusted” # 1247232. The movement was probably made by Longines (due to the style of the movement, regulator and fonts) but the movement is not further signed. The movement is in 90% mint condition – in excellent condition, apart from cloudy patches on the winding wheels
Case – the movement comes in a rare 18K gold case, made by Frank Borgel, who patented this type of early waterproof / dust proof case.
The case has a sprung winder, which you pull out and hold. Simultaneously you unscrew the bezel. In doing so, the whole movement lifts out of the solid one piece case.
The case is marked “FB” and Brevete(Patent) and numbered 1247232.
The back of the case is engraved with a Royal coat of arms.
The rest of the case has a smooth plain finish and is in70% mint condition – a build up of light surface scratches on the back has made the case somewhat matt. Plus some small marks between the bezel and case, where someone, who didn’t know the mechanics of the case has tried to open it but luckily only left small marks
Dial – the silvered metal dial has a sunburst effect and has blue steel hands. The dial is in 70% mint condition – many small scratches and marks
The watch has a mineral glass
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Asprey has developed over generations into the finest British jeweller and luxury goods house, and become a name synonymous with refinement and luxury. As ever, each Asprey product is made with the most exacting craftsmanship using only the finest materials. This grand tradition of offering the best craftsmanship, quality, and design continues today at the Asprey workshops and around the globe as timeless treasures are created for the exclusive Asprey clientele.
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