One side shows a cleaner face to display the hours, minutes and seconds. The other side is beautifully decorated and displays the days, months and moonphase (note the date is displayed in Spanish). On the time side, you’ll see the hands in gold to contrast the clean white face. On the date side, you’ll see blued hands to contrast the gold inlays and guilloche. Another nice touch is the guilloche designs inside both sides of the hunter case. This pocket watch comes with its original box and parts, which includes a interchangeable black face for the time side and a clean face for the decorated date side.
One of the most popular watches today in the Hamilton category is the Spur see photo at top. It must not have been popular in its day since so very few were made. It kind of resembles a rotating circular saw with cutter points around the edge. They sell for about $5,000 in white or yellow gold. And that’s up there in the top echelon of the Hamilton field. Paris branch and was responsible for many of the influential designs that came out of the company (including the mystery clocks and the first high fashion Cartier watches). During the early 1900s, Cartier watches became a favorite of the royals in
Louis Cartier initiated a creative approach to timepieces. In 1904, pocket watches were the norm. One time, an aviator complained to Cartier that it was awkward to try to pull out a pocket watch to check the time while flying. Cartier designed a small, flat timepiece that could be strapped to the wrist. Thus the Santos wristwatch was born and quickly became a hit with Cartier’s many customers. Collecting watches doesn’t start suddenly, like collecting stamps or coins. Most people think about collecting after meeting others with the same interest, as for instance seeing people at watch auctions or talking to collectors at ‘Get togethers’ organized by watch enthusiasts.
For a while, I owned an early Patek Philippe wristwatch from 1912—it ended up in the Patek Museum and in their book on wristwatches. It was actually a ladies’ wristwatch that very much resembled a pocket watch. When I first owned it, there was quite a bit of controversy over whether it started out as a pocket watch or a wristwatch. Even the factory was confused, but finally they determined it was actually made as a wristwatch. Santos 100 watch, which is larger than many of the other models. However, it is known to be a symbol of an independent spirit.
Please, do not tell us you are leaving already? We hope you had a great time while you were here, and want to invite you to come back again real soon. In fact, most people do return once they see how easy shopping here is. Do not forget to tell everyone you know about our site too. They probably would love to save time and money as well. A Tavannes watch imported into England at this time should bear the SFC sponsors mark of Schwob Freres, the London agents for Cyma-Tavannes. While Stockwell could have imported a Tavannes movement, I would consider it unusual.