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This section contains all the watches we have for sale online and in our shop from the 17th Century, pre 1701 including watches from Germany, France and England.
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A fine early 17th Century French pre-balance spring verge in the form of a crucifix in gilt and rock crystal case. Deep full plate fire gilt cruciform movement with pierced and engraved pillars. Fusee and chain with worm and wheel barrel setup on the plate with small silver index. Pierced and engraved cock, small steel balance without spring. Later four wheel going train. Small teardrop shaped silver dial, centre engraved with a cathedral and below a winged heart. Roman numerals, small single gilt hand. Engraved gilt crucifix shaped mask with curved ends. Fine rock crystal case, both halves mounted in engraved gilt frames.
A late 17th century French verge oignon with silver mock pendulum cock in a silver consular case. Very deep full plate fire gilt movement, slender Egyptian pillars with turned finials. Fusee and heavy chain with spring and ratchet setup between the plates, the barrel with a rim to both top and bottom. Engraved silver mock pendulum bridge cock with semi-circular aperture to reveal a steel bob on one arm of the balance. Silver regulator dial under a blue steel bridge acting on a visible blue steel rack, silver pierced and engraved decoration flanking it. Silver chased and engraved plate to protect the escapement from a broken fusee chain. Decorative pierced and engrave decoration to the foot of the case spring. Winding through the unusual white enamel dial, Arabic minute numerals, the Roman hour numerals on raised “cartouches”. Unusual silver beetle and poker hands. Plain silver consular case, seven joint square hinge, silver ring pendant and bow.
An early 19th Century rare pearl and ruby encrusted gold open face watch. Fitted with a Swiss cylinder Keywind gilt bar movement, plain cock with polished steel regulator. Wound through the gilt dial with Arabic numerals, blue steel hands. Fine gold open face case the bezels set with a row of pink rubies each circled by split pearls. The back encrusted with graduated split pearls in a geometric pattern set around a central ruby. The background of the design filled with many hundreds of tiny split pearls entirely covering the back. Pearl set pendant, ruby and pearl set bow. Green morocco covered presentation case.