This superb circa 1900 18 carat gold demi-hunter dress half hunter watch was made in Switzerland. It is stamped 18K and also bears the head of Helvetia , the Swiss hallmark for 18K gold. A half hunter is a pocket watch which enables the wearer to view the time without opening the case.
The case measures 1½" (3.6cms) across and weighs 37 grams. It has profusely engraved, foliate decoration with a space on the back for a monogram. On the front a beautiful ,golden circle of wavy lines was once covered with pink enamel and black roman numerals. I have a tiny vestige of this which I will include. When closed you can see the position of the dials.
The round winder at the top is engraved with delicate lines.It bears a hallmark which I am unable to identify. There is a substantial ring and another smaller bail.
The front opens by depressing the knob. It reveals a pristine white face with black roman numerals. The watch face was once glassed over but the glass is now missing. This is an easy fix for a jeweller and the dial needs to be firmly fixed in place at the same time. I have made allowance for this in my pricing. When wound the watch ticks away so is in full working condition. On the opposing gold interior cover is engraved `18K' and a serial number `58856'. The cover snaps back into place.
To open the back find a tiny ridge at the top and insert your fingernail. Inside is a jewelled Swiss lever movement with crown winding and pin hand set. The interior cover is engraved again `18K' and `58856'. However also present is the head of Helvetia. The back cover is similarly inscribed. It shuts with a little snap.
Just as a piece of jewellery for a lady to wear on a thick gold chain it would be glorious. However on a gentleman's watch chain it would evoke memories of a more elegant era and, I am sure, give great pleasure. It will arrive carefully presented in a gift box.