A near mint solid silver, key-wind English lever pocket watch, and ticking away strongly and keeping good time. The watch signed under to the case and made by the Company of William Ehrhardt of Birmingham and a rare watch by this important English maker and retailed L Beha of Bridgend. The watch just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker and keeping very good time for a 110 year old pocket watch.This is a beautifully made English key-wound man's pocket watch, dating from ca. 1894, from the Edwardian period. The watch with very eccentric hands-set, you turn the hands back-wards to set the time, never seen another like it!
William Ehrhardt: The company was founded in 1856 in Birmingham and his addresses included 30, Paradise Street and 26, Augusta Street and from 1872 onwards at 72, Great Hampton Street. Their grades were from zero jeweled cheap and cheerful models, through to 15 jewel hand finished movements, and all the way up to Kew Grade "A" certificate and karrusel watches. They went bankrupt in 1924 during the economic depression of the period. See "Watches 1850-1980" by Cutmore pages 84 - 89 for more complete details. This company made a large number of watches for English retailers in the late 19th century.
The buy it now price is a clear reflection of the rarity, stunning condition and long-term investment for this watch. Mint watches in this condition, can only rise in value, given the limited supply of such items. We are a Platinium eBay Power-Seller, so please bid with confidence, we give our email and contact telephone number below, so do feel free to contact us to discuss any watches we have available. You can also visit our Website at vintagewatchstore where there is a wide variety of fine antique & vintages watches.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the white enamel dial with bold black Roman numerals and in bright condition. The dial with gold spade hands. Diameter is 44 mm and the crystal is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with a gilt full plate and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. A cut two arm bimetallic balance, with hairspring and lever escapement. The movement overall of very good quality and the watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time. With the dial removed, the movement top-plate shows the typical Ehrhardt company ebauche and company logo of a "winged arrow". Note the interesting and rather complicated early keyless winding system. The watch is much brighter and crisp than in these dark photos, which are limited by my camera and lighting equiment. The watch further signed "L. Beha of Bridgend" and number of 350388.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the solid silver case measures an impressive 50 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are hinged and close nice and tightly. The case with Birmingham hall-marks and silver sterling marks . The case sponsor mark of "WE" for William Ehrhardt of 72, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham and number of 563363. The watch of a handy size, and fully engraved all over the case. the rear cover with a cartouche to the centre and a few small dings to the rear cover. This is a high quality English watch, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.
This is a high quality case, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.The pictures show minor reflections and various dark marks, these are an artefact from the lighting and are not present in the watch case. This is a very fine period solid silver watch in simply stunning condition, which is a very rare collectable item or a possible investment for the future or of course a fine gift for a birthday, anniversary, wedding etc.
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