This is the beginning of our 40th Anniversary year at Solvang Antiques!
Time is something to be cherished. In this post, you will learn about pocket watches, and the intricacies to thee mechanical marvels, as well as why they should be celebrated and cherished. Click the photos to learn more about each item.
Repeater watches have a sophisticated complication, allowing the watch to sound when the plunger is depressed. This particular watch strikes the quarter hour on two gongs.
The term "chronograph" refers to a watch that has an interval timer built into it. The chronograph mechanism is one of the most popular complications found on higher grade watches.
The fusee movement is knows for keeping more consistent time, especially in early watches. The fusee has a cone shape with a groove to ensure an equalized pull throughout the full unwind.
A pair cased watch has an inner case which houses the movement and an outer case to enclose and protect the inner case. These were most popular in the mid 18th century.
A hunter case simply means that there is a hinged metal cover over the dial and crystal of the watch, protecting it from dust, scratches and debris.
Engine Turned and Engraved
Engine turning and engraving are the two most popular decorations on a watch. Engine turning is an intricate pattern created using a lathe, a machine used for shaping metal or wood. It allowed more precise patterns to be applied and was much quicker than hand engraving. Engine turned may also be referred to as "guilloche".