A beautiful and rare antique Ladies' Half Hunter wristwatch dating precisely to 1919. The watch has an International Watch Company calibre 76 movement in a solid 18 carat gold Jules Stauffer case . The movement is signed and numbered which dates the movement to 1918. The inner cover carries marks for 18 carat gold, the Stauffer sponsor's mark CN and the serial number of the case. The outer cover also carries the sponsor's mark CN, the serial number of the case and the London Assay Office hallmark for 18 carat gold, which includes the date letter for 1919. The serial number of the case tallies with the movement number and both are correct for this particular watch and time period.
CN are the intials of Charles Nicolet, a director of Jules Stauffer at the time and the registered sponsor for Stauffer. IWC would have sent he watch case to Jules Stauffer in Britain who arranged for iy to be hallmarked and then returned to IWC to have the movement put in.
Watches with gold or silver cases imported by Stauffer & Co. after 1 June 1907 were all stamped with Charles Nicolet's sponsor's mark before being sent to be hallmarked.
This watch is depicted in IWC literature and is rare and original.
It is fitted with a British made solid 9 carat gold expandable bracelet, signed PP Ltd.and hallmarked at the Birmingham, England Assay Office for the year 1934. The bracelet, not original to the watch, is fitted with a safety catch and a safety chain.
Truly a collector's piece, the watch is currently not running and needs attention from a watchmaker.
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