Wonderful English knockout keyless pocket watch in just about mint condition.
Gold crystal case hallmarked 1875, sponsor's mark JS (Joseph Sewill), the dome also pierced to allow winding by key, as often found at this early keyless period, with hand setting only with rear cover open and a freely rotating button when closed. Typical Kullberg 14-size half plate reverse fusee keyless movement stamped JP (Preston), with cap jewels on balance (diamond) lever and escape, the fusee with hard brass setting. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Beautifully double sunk enamel dial with state-of-wind indication at 12, around which is written the retailers addresses in full, around the seconds bit is written PRIZE MEDALS INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITIONS LONDON 1862, PARIS 1867, referring to medals awarded to Victor Kullberg. Full set of original blued-steel hands. 50 mm diameter.
Joseph Sewill, famous Liverpool chronometer and watch retailers, also with a London outlet, at 30 Cornhill, at this time. The London branch is known to have purchased from Kullberg and other top manufacturers and details of this Preston movement can be found in the Kullberg record books for 26th September 1873, with subsequent finishing.
NB: From the estate of the late Bradley Ross, creator of one of the best collections of English watches formed in the USA. The watch was bought at Sothebys in 1964 by the dealer R J Low, from where it was sold into America.
A stunning and relatively early Kullberg knockout keyless watch showing no signs of age or use, with no previous engravings or dedications, and of a size and weight (just over 120 grams) that is so easy to wear. Serviced, guaranteed and as good as they come from this most famous London firm.
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