The cover features a finely carved agate cameo of Triton, a mythological Greek god known as the messenger of the sea. The cameo is encircled by sixteen bezel set rose cut diamonds inside a rose border. The cuvette has two polished banners for the name of the watchmaker, which are blank. The French horse head hallmark, for 18 karat gold, is noted on the stem of the pendant and the inside of the cover.
Case: 44mm diameter (approx American size 10), three leaf, 18k rose gold, box style, open face pocket watch. There is a suppressed ball fluted pendant and round bow placed at the twelve position.
Dial: White, unsigned, enameled dial with Roman hours, dotted minutes with blue Arabic markers placed every five minutes, and having gilt skeletonized hands, variants of the watch style hands called, "Gothic, with escargot".
Movement: A bar type, Swiss calibre ebauche movement with flat straight finger bridges of parallel design, but now having a half plate with exposed ratchet and crown wheels and a curved center wheel bridge. This movement was made toward the end of the 19th century in Switzerland. The bi-metallic balance wheel with fine blued hairspring and a Regulator made in the Swiss manner, ruby jeweled with the index scale marked in French. Of most interest is the shape of the ratchet and crown wheel, i.e. the teeth are referred to as "Wolf's teeth", raising the possiblity of the movement being related to or made by the Patek Philippe Watch Company with the intention of exporting it to France. (a few other Swiss companies also used that design of gearing.)
Condition: A very fine, mid-size pocket watch made in Switzerland for casing in France. The case, dial and movement are in fine running condition.
Date: 1890 - 1910
Height: 44 mm
Width: 33 mm
Hallmarks: French horse head hallmark - used between 1838 and 1919.
Notes: Chain shown is not included