SOLD - Antique original English WW1 20 jewel pocket watch Made for the Admiralty Vintage 1916
Up for sale is a very special antique English World War 1 pocket watch that is all original. It measures 51 mm in diameter and was made in 1916 by Kendal and Dent of Cheapside in London, who were makers to the Admiralty. It has a lovely high grade movement with 20 jewels and is in the original sterling silver case which is in excellent condition. This piece shows sign of being very well preserved and stored in a good environment. The movement is absolutely top notch. The gold gild movement is extremely well finished, in minty condition and of chronometer grade. The jewels are gold set and triple screwed in with fire blued screws throughout. The case is in superb condition showing little signs of wear and no personal engravings and a heavy sterling silver metal. Given it's date and case construction, this watch was likely made for the British Military as a chronometer pocket watch. Kendal was James Francis Kendal, who patented (together with F Goering) in 1905 a form of dust cover. Dent was Edwin Dent. Kendal & Dent were sending chronometers for trial to Greenwich from 1881 to 1904, and it seems likely that their claim to be Makers to the Admiralty was documented to be valid (many such claims on watches are spurious). Kendal wrote a well reputed book called "A history of watches and other timekeepers" in 1892. The "106 Cheapside" on the movement refers not to the name of the watch, but to the number and street the manufacturer was located in London. The only flaw with the watch it that it does have some faint hairlines on the original porcelain dial. This is a very rare antique WWI British Military chronometer grade pocket watch. Serviced and running very well.