This is a stunning early 19th Century Swiss quarter repeating cylinder watch in a rare pearl encrusted gold open face case. The watch features a skeletonised three quarter plate gilt keywind movement with a polished steel stopwork and a plain cock with blue steel regulator. The plain three arm gilt balance comes with a blue steel spiral hairspring, while the polished steel cylinder and escape wheel make for an exceptional timekeeping experience.

The watch's push pendant quarter repeating on two rectangular section polished steel gongs is a remarkable feature that adds to its allure. It also has a gold engine turned dial with Roman numerals and gold hands, which add to its overall charm.

The watch comes in an extraordinary fine gold open face case, complete with bezels that are set with a row of large split pearls. The watch's rear side has been encrusted with graduated split pearls in a geometric pattern. The background of the design is filled with many hundreds of small split pearls that cover the entire watch's back. A trefoil bow, wound and set through the gold cuvette, adds to its elegance, while the pearl set key and short gold chain make it all the more unique.

This rare and attractive watch is in excellent overall condition and is definitely worth considering adding to any timepiece collection.

Anonymous Swiss
Circa 1840
Diameter 42 mm
Materials Gold
Main Gemstone Pearl
Carat for Gold 18 K