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Silver Pair-cased English Quarter Repeater watch by Belical of London - Details:

English silver pair cased pocket watch by Belical of London. The pierced silver repousse outer case depicts a romantic couple while the inner case with key-wind aperture is engraved with laurels and a ‘Mask of Chronos’.

The raised crystal opens to a white enamel dial showing the hour chapter decorated in Roman numerals and the minute in Arabic numerals with gold Louis XV hands.

Opening the inner case reveals the dust cover and fast-slow adjustment as well as the bell fitted into the case back. Removing the dust cover exposes the finely feted and engraved back cock with another ‘Mask of Chronos’, a back plate signed ‘Belical, London’, and four finely carved pillars between the plates bracketing the fusee movement and strike.

This push-stem repeater strikes on the quarters and keeps remarkably good time for its vintage.
A silver braided chain with assorted keys, tassels, and a small seal compliment this interesting watch.

Circa 1720

Dimensions: 2”(5cm) diameter, 1 1/8”(2.7cm) thick

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Early pocket watches originally had no covering created to protect the face or the hour hand. In the 1700s most English watchmakers began creating gold & silver pair cases to slide the watch into. Cases added a bit more protection from the elements and day-to-day handling and of course elaborate ornamentation. English watchmakers first started adding "jewels" (gemstones) in the 1700s as bearings in the watches to prevent friction and wear between metal parts.

This method remained the specialty of English watchmakers for most of the 18th century. Abraham Louis Breguet was the first watchmaker outside England who used "jewels" in his French watches. As rubies were and still are precious stones, this was a costly luxury to have used in a watch.

The practice of using natural rubies changed only in the early 20th century because in 1902, Verneuil made the first artificial rubies, that have since then, become the only rubies used in watches. Despite some improvements in the method, the Verneuil process remains virtually unchanged to this day, while maintaining a leading position in the manufacture of synthetic corundum and spinel gemstones.

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