For sale we have a very well-designed Silvana full-hunter, gold plated pocket watch from the mid 1930s. It has an ornate and slim case with a coin edge finish around the outside, a wreath engraved boarder to the edge of the front and rear, with a fish scale finish to the main face. The button on the crown is depressed to expose the dial.
The dial continues the ornate design touches, with applied gold tone Arabic numerals in a stylised font. The outer section of the dial has a matte gold tone, with a sector boarder having black and grey patterned design, giving way to a grained satin finish gold centre.
The hands are of an unusual and appealing serpent style, and they look sensational.
The case was manufactured by MGBM Geneve. The case back is double hinged, with an excellent Silvana manufactured calibre 411 movement. It is a thin and high-quality movement, with beautiful, curved bridge layout and gilt finishing. It has been recently serviced and is keeping time to within +/- 4 seconds a day.
The Silvana name was first placed on a watch dial and was trademarked in 1898 by Victor-Eugene Bahon, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, the cradle of Swiss watchmaking. In 1922, Victor installed the Manufacture d’Horlogerie Silvana SA in Tramelan-Dessus. After his passing in 1928, his partner and friend, Henri Arnold Lohner took over directorship, moving the company HQ to Biel, allowing for Silvana to benefit from the production capabilities of the region. This spurred the brand on to enter new international markets, acquiring new brands. They then moved back to Tramelan in 1935. They were known for producing good quality movements and pocket & wrist watches.
Overall, this is a very neat and well-designed Art Deco Full-hunter pocket watch. Having been recently serviced and being in good condition, this is an ideal pocket watch to be worn, or kept within a collection.
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A further condition report is below.
The dial is completely original and is in exceptional condition for the age. It has no real signs ageing or marking.
The hands are original. They are of Serpent style with a gold tone finish. It is bright with some slight marking. The sub-second hand is also original and is a gold tone.
The crystal is an acrylic replacement and is in very good condition.
The crown, stem and loop are good and original, functioning as they should.
The case is gold plated, with full hunter configuration with double hinged back. It is in good condition with slight difference and wear to the gold tone in the centre of the case. It has light surface scratching associated with ageing. The push button works to release the front cover.
The case back is in good condition. It has light surface scratching, and the tone of the gold plating is good. It seals tightly and the hinge is good. Inside, there is some oxidisation of the gold-plated finish.
The inner case is in good condition with only light surface scratching and some oxidisation of the gold-plated finish. The hinge is in good condition and closes tightly. It has no dents.
The movement is by Silvana and is a calibre 411 Savonette. It is a thin movement, with a jewel count of 15 and a frequency of 18,000 BPH. It has a 34 hour power reserve.
The movement has been recently serviced by ourselves. It keeps time to within +/- 4 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 290 and a beat error of 1.3m/s.
Case width: 51.25mm
Case length: 51.5mm
Case length with crown: 59.5mm
Case length with crown loop: 66mm
Case Depth: 10mm
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