Rare Gold Cabriolet Watch


Signed   Elgin Nat'l Watch Co.
Circa   1890
Diameter   52 mm         

Out of stock


A late 19th Century lever in a rare reversible cabriolet gold hunter pair case.  Damascened nickelled three quarter plate keyless movement with going barrel. Plain cock with polished steel regulator, compensation balance with blue steel spiral hairspring.  Club foot lever escapement.   Signed white enamel dial,  subsidiary seconds, Roman numerals, blue steel Breguet hands.   Rare 18 carat gold cabriolet case which can be used either as a full hunter or as an open face.  The inner gold case with engine turned and florally engraved back and engine turned middle, gold cuvette.   This can be used on its own or placed in the three section gold outer case with either the dial or back visible.  When the dial is shown the watch still appears to be a conventional open face watch with the engraved back depicting a couple in a garden,  Alternatively with the back of the inner visible the watch becomes a full hunter, the winding crown serving to open the sprung front cover.

A rare type of case which appears to have originally been made for a keywind movement.