Gold Swiss Quarter Repeating Ruby Cylinder – Circa 1820
Signed J’ Cusin
Diameter 54 mm
This is a beautiful early 19th Century Swiss quarter repeating pocket watch. The watch features a ruby cylinder movement, enclosed in a stunning 18 carat gold open face case. The movement is keywind and includes a suspended going barrel and polished steel stopwork. The watch also has a plain cock and a polished steel regulator with a temperature compensation curb. The balance is a plain three arm gilt balance with a blue steel spiral hairspring. The watch also includes a ruby cylinder and a steel escape wheel.
One of the standout features of this watch is the quarter repeating function, which is activated by pushing the pendant. This function causes two rectangular section polished steel gongs to strike, producing a beautiful chime. The white enamel dial of the watch features Arabic numerals and a sunk subsidiary seconds dial. The hands are made of blue steel, adding a pop of color to the design.
The case of the watch is made from engine-turned 18 carat gold and has a middle that is also engine turned. The back of the case can be opened by pressing a button on the band, allowing for easy access to wind and set the watch. The inside of the case is signed and features a gold cuvette.
Overall, this watch is a true example of fine craftsmanship from the 19th Century. The combination of the ruby cylinder movement, the quarter repeating function, and the beautiful gold case make it a valuable and sought-after piece for collectors and enthusiasts.
Signed J' Cusin
Diameter 54 mm