This incredibly thin pocket watch dates to 1924 and was imported into London to be sold by Carley & Clemence Ltd London. The HF mark on the case relates to Huguenin Freres of Le Locle, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. A beautiful case with high quality engraving.
In 1868, the young engraver Fritz Huguenin and his brother Albert set up a small watch-case design workshop. It wasn’t long before they realised the value that embossing could add to their work. They therefore bought a spindle press, which they used to emboss their first medal in 1888. Over time, the Huguenin brothers specialised in the Niel (Niello) method, which is used to give silver watches a black finish. This method made them famous worldwide and as a result of their new-found success, they switched from manual production to industrial production in 1899, building the factory in Le Locle that is still used today.Dial:The dial is in strong, original condition. The 12 numeral is slightly aged, along side a mark on the dial by 8 o clock.Hands:The hands are un-bent and un-corroded. They are thermally blued and original Breguet design hands.Glass:The glass is original and in strong condition with no noticeable scratches.Crown:The crown is original. It fits flush to the case and winds and sets well.Case:The case is in strong condition with only light surface scratches that are consistent with age. A very nice original case that hasn't been polished. The engraved case is lovely.Case back:Strong original condition with only slight surface scratches.Movement:The movement is a manual wind Swiss made movement. The pocket watch keeps time to within 1 minute a day.Watch dimensions:
Case width: 44.4mm
Case Lehgth with crown: 51.4mm
Case length: 44.4mm
Case Depth: 8.88mm