Vintage early 1940s Royce cube-shaped lucite lapel watch hangs from a 12K goldfilled bow motif watch pin and has a skeleton back which reveals the inner mechanisms at work. It winds manually and has a seven jewel movement. The rose goldtone face has Roman numerals and a tiny second hand dial.
Back of the watch pin is stamped “M 1/20 12K’; face of the watch is stamped “Nord”; and the watch works are stamped “Royce Watch Co” and “Seven Jewels”.
A Swiss company founded in the 1920s, Royce also produced Eska brand watches in the 1940s. Photo #8 shows a 1943 ad for ladies’ Royce wrist watches retailing for $32 for a 7 jewel watch to $36 for a 17 jewel watch (or either $456 or $513 today, adjusted for inflation), as well as a 1941 fashion ad showing a woman wearing a lucite lapel watch (of unidentified brand) that is remarkably similar in style to this one.
Measurements are ¾ square on the watch element and 1.75” long when watch is worn. Good condition, fully functional but with superficial nicks and scratching to the lucite in front, and finish wear to the bow motif watch pin.
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