Fine large verge by this important Swedish maker, circa 1780.
Pink gold case with engraved bezel and band, case maker PS (Peter Strömqvist). Fullplate fusee movement of typical design for this maker, with a balance-bridge pierced with initials. Verge (recoil) escapement, the potence with Swiss-style adjustment for drops. Brass balance, spiral balance-spring. Beautiful signed enamel dial, gold hands. 57 mm diameter.
Jacob Kock, Stockholm (1737-1805), watchmaker to King Gustav III who was ruler from 1771 until his death in 1792. Watches are known with the initials 'JK' within the cock, but this example has a 'G reversed G under a crown' cypher, which points to its being made for, or ordered by, King Gustav.
In lovely original condition, the almost perfect dial having just a few scratches but no chips or cracks around the winding hole - I doubt a better or more original example exists. Cleaned for its previous owner and appearing to work well, but can be freshly serviced if required.
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