The present watch is a fine example of a timepiece made upon special order for an Indian dignitary. These luxurious watches had to feature as many complications and decorations as possible. The movements were mainly produced by renowned watch manufacturers in the Vallée de Joux or Le Locle and delivered to the case makers in Geneva. The cases were almost exclusively done in the workshops of Ferrero, Tardy, Bonifas, Giron and Lamunière, based in Geneva. Geneva enamel portraitists specialized in watches decorated with enamel portraits of the relevant purchaser, taken from photographs sent from India.
Examples of such "Rajah Watches" are illustrated in Technique and History of the Swiss Watch by Eugène Jaquet & Alfred Chapuis, plates 138 - 140.