Prior to the early 20th century, the wristwatch was never worn by gentlemen and seldom by ladies! The Boer War and WWI made it acceptable for both genders to wear a wristwatch. Many makers had residual stock created as a pocket watch which was then less popular, and so converted these for wearing on the wrist. This is such an example as a transitional wristwatch. These can be identified as the winder is at 12 o’clock rather than the standard 3 o’clock for the wristwatch. This piece is marked on the dial for Genot with a movement made by Girard, (see image). On the back of the watch are initials which appear to be ‘GFG’ and inside the back plate a further inscription (see image). The bezel of the watch is gold-coloured and has a decorative leaf pattern and there is an ornate bow above the winder. To this is attached a hook for the band which is of black cloth with metal fittings. There is another fitting at the opposite end and a slide in the centre. The actual watch has been recently serviced and is currently working. It is in very good condition for age although the numerals are a little rubbed and the crystal has been replaced. The band appears original but has been re-stitched in a couple of places but it is special that it is still present with the watch. This would be a lovely item to add to your collection of watches as it is not only pleasing in appearance but part of an historical change in watch-wearing. Diameter of watch 1 ins (2.5cm). Total length 5.5 ins (14cm). Weight 14 grams.
This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 235.
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Antique Girard 15 Jewel Lady's Transitional Wristwatch with Cloth Band
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