Once the concept of watches being worn on the wrist rather than in the pocket started to be accepted in the early 20th century, early examples were called a ‘wristlet’. This term was mainly given to those worn by ladies. This is an amazing find as it is a 14 carat rose gold Swiss watch with cranberry dial in its original presentation box along with its original gold band. The box, which is of cardboard and velvet-lined, has specific recesses for the watch and the band. The watch is octagonal with rings for the band at 12 and 6 o’clock. The winder is now at the classic 3 o’clock position for wristwatches. The dial has black stylized numerals and blued spayed hands. Inside the watch it is marked for the maker Vaucher, Swiss, 14K, 23311 with the squirrel mark for Swiss gold between 1880-1934. There is also the personalized gift message ‘From N. to F., March 8 1919’. The condition of the watch, band and box interior are excellent for age although the outside of the box shows some wear consistent with age. The watch is in working order. This is a most refined and lovely example of the early wristwatch and would be beautiful to wear or to collect. It is interesting to note that subsequently the wristwatch virtually took over the watch market. Box measures 3.75 ins (9.4cm) x 2.75 ins (7cm). Maximum height of watch including lugs 1.75 ins (3.1cm). Diameter of watch 0.75 ins (1.8cm). Maximum length of band 4.8 ins (12.1cm). Should fit a 6 ins wrist. Total weight with box 56 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 235.
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