KULLBERG, for ARMY & NAVY Co-operative Society Ltd, London. No 7345


Best quality free-sprung lever watch with up/down, a lovely example of this maker's work.

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Heavy gold half-hunter case hallmarked 1896, casemaker EW (Edgar Wilkins, President St, Clerkenwell). Typical Kullberg keyless reverse fusee halfplate caliper with escape wheel bridge, jewelled to the fusee with 'knock out' keyless work operated by the front cover on the push-piece in the band at 4. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Best quality compensation balance with quarter-timing nuts, balance-spring with overcoil. Perfect signed enamel dial with seconds at '9' and state-of-wind at '3,' original blued-steel hands of the correct half-hunter form. 48 mm diameter. In later Garrard & Co 'Crown Jewellers' box.

Victor Kullberg, one of London’s most famous watch and chronometer manufacturers, who also supplied watches for others to retail. Full details of manufacture of this watch can be found in the Kullberg record books, held at London's Guildhall Library - manuscript department.

The Army & Navy Stores, 105 Victoria Street, London, running their own very good quality watchmaking department as well as buying in the best work from others, such as this watch from Victor Kullberg.

Case without monogram or dedication and showing few signs of use. An almost mint example of a best quality free sprung English lever watch, in a most wearable size. NB: I show a chain of the right colour, size and quality, if required - it is not included in the price. Cleaned and guaranteed.