“Gold has always been an investment, which is why the gold watch is an endangered species…” – C.B
A blue/black painted chapter ring of Arabic numerals encircles a white enamel dial of larger than usual diameter of 45.8mm – a 52 mm diameter case minus stem and bow.
A sub-seconds dial can be seen at the 6 o’clock and blued hands adorn both dials.
Turning the watch over, the case back is plain and can be accessed using the fingernail – the back snaps shut tightly. Hallmarks for 9ct, London, G.S and the 1919 date letter can be seen. Beneath the dust cover ticks the heart of the watch.
The Swiss Lever movement is fully jewelled with a sea-shell engine turned finish. The timekeeping is adjusted with an arrow regulator – a feature present on only the finest and most accurate 20th Century movements. It keeps excellent time and should be wound and set by the pull-push crown.
Why Are Gold Watches So Special?
The 9ct English pocket watch has seen a decline in numbers over the past few decades as the demand for gold plated electronic components exponentially increased. The movements are binned and the cases melted down. Sad, yes, inevitable no.
The purchase of a gold watch like this is an act of preservation and investment: Fully serviced, warranted for 5 yearsand within the warrantee period the new owner will see the value of their investment grow far quicker than gold rate itself. With the number of gold watches shrinking every day, their value as antique timepieces starts to increase. We’ve already seen 18ct watches with complications valued at £15,000 on the BBC’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ where previously they were valued at under a few thousand.
It won’t be long before watches like this become inaccessible to the lay man and woman, so even if you don’t see this as an investment, surely this watch represents value for money?