Hotel Richemond, Geneva
18 May 2004
Blockley. An unusual silver openface waterproof keyless lever Explorers watch with up and down indicator
Signed Herbert Blockley, Succr. to Lund & Blockley, 41 Duke St., St. James's, S.W., No. 2/1300, circa 1895
With gilt-finished three quarter plate jewelled lever movement, bimetallic compensation balance, finely engraved bridge and foot, free sprung regulator with diamond endstone, the white enamel dial with Roman numerals, blued steel spade hands, two subsidiary dials indicating power reserve and constant seconds, in circular water-resistant-type case with screw back, protecting screw-down crown cap attached to the case with a short chain, the movement wound through the crown, the hands set with a key and through the movement, case numbered 623 and stamped PW and with London date letter for 1895, dial and movement signed and numbered
60 mm. diam.
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