Vintage Turn of the Century Pocket Watch Alarm German and Swiss Patents - Rare Pocket Watch
This is an uncommon pocket watch marked Victoria on the dial suggesting this was made for the United Kingdom market, as this was made toward the tale end of the Victorian era and reign of Queen Victoria. What is most interesting about this pocket watch is the alarm complication, made with very high integrity. The watch features the following, near perfect porcelain dial with no hairlines or cracks noted, one winding crown to wind both the time and alarm barrels. gun metal case (see rust on reverse which can be removed), counterclockwise rotating bezel to set alarm hand, time is pin set, tight snap on bezel and hinged back, I believe the movement is either 11 or 15 jewels. There is an alarm on and off switch in the back along with an exposed regulator with the dust cover on. Overall, this is an important watch with collaboration from Swiss and German firms, Eterna seemed to own the end product. Although this alarm pocket watch never took off; however, it's a milestone in watchmaking with a fully integrated single stem twin barrel alarm. The dust cover also acts as the striking bell. Depending how it is held, the alarm can sounds like a telephone bell or more of a cricket sound, but nonetheless a terrific sound. Please see all markings on dust cover and the case. The watch has been recently serviced and is running perfectly.