A top quality keyless reverse fusee lever watch in lovely condition.
Large and heavy 18ct gold crystal (flat glass) hunter case hallmarked 1898, casemaker FT (Fred Thoms). 18-size JP (Joseph Preston) supplied movement of typical Kullberg half-plate caliper, with reverse fusee and knockout keyless work, jewelled to the centre with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape and hard brass setting for the fusee, the top plate fully engraved with a list of awards and medals won by the firm. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Best quality compensation balance with quarter-timing nuts and blued-steel balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial with state-of-wind at 3 in perfect condition, original blued-steel hands. 56.5 mm diameter and weighing nearly 180 grams in total.
Victor Kullberg, Liverpool Road, one of London’s most famous watch and chronometer manufacturers. Full details of those who worked on this watch can probably be found (not all records survive) in the Kullberg record books, held at London's Guildhall Library - manuscript department.
Fred Thoms, 25 Spencer Street, Clerkenwell, considered to be the finest watch case maker of his day - this example fully justifying such a reputation.
Joseph Preston, Prescot, the most famous of Lancashire watch rough movement manufacturers, supplier of top quality frames to most of the best English finishers.
A beautiful watch showing few signs of wear, with a perfect dial and the case without any previous engraving, as well as being larger than most of Kullberg's output. Serviced and guaranteed.
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