For sale we have a charming example of a 1930s Rone Dress pocket watch. It has a good quality Dennison made silver outer case hallmarked to 1933, whilst the movement is further protected by the inner case with snap on back. This is an unusual and ingenious design with helps with water proofing and safeguarding the movement. The stem, crown and loop are a rose gold tone which is a classy addition to the silver casing and stainless inner case. The dial has a powder white finish which is very clean, with large, lumed Arabic numerals and inset sub-second dial. The cathedral hands are thermally blued and have a beautiful shine. The movement is of good quality and is in excellent condition. It has an unusual, curved bridge shape with curved balance cock and regulator. It has been recently serviced, keeping time to within 10 seconds a day.
Rone were a good quality Swiss manufacturer who produced watches from the 1920s up until the late 1970s, when they were one of the many casualties of the quartz crisis. In the 1950s Rone had a store on the Pentonville Road in London.
The case is of neat proportions measuring 47mm x 47mm, with a relatively slim depth of 11mm. The loop means the maximum case diameter is 58.5mm. The stem, crown and loop are of a rose gold tone which contrasts nicely with the silver case and bright dial. The case is of an interesting design, with an outer silver Dennison case, hinged to the front with solid back. Within this is the dial, stem, crown, loop and movement, with the movement being contained within an inner case with snap on case back. This design is robust and has helped protect the movement all these years, as evidenced by the cosmetic condition.
The silver section of the case has Birmingham assay office hallmarking, dating it to 1933/34. The case is quality, being Dennison made and of sturdy construction.
The dial has an off-white powder finish and is original. It is in very good condition for the age with only slight signs of ageing to the dial tone. The railroad minute track is clear, with large lumed Arabic numerals for the hours. The sub-second dial is inset and neatly layed out. The Cathedral style hands are excellent, with a bright thermally blued finish. The lume has been expertly re-finished and is non-radioactive.
Inside the double casing is the movement, a Rone Calibre 8.220 movement. It is a good quality movement with interesting, curved bridge design, balance cock and regulating arm. It has a gilt finish and has signing on the ratchet wheel in a beautiful font. The condition is exceptional, whilst the surfaces have signs have high quality finishing with polished bevels and brushed finishing. It has been recently serviced and is keeping time as well as it looks, with a daily variation of 10 seconds a day.
Overall, this is a quality pocket watch, of neat proportions, in excellent overall condition. Having been serviced it is reliable and ready to be a new addition to any collection.
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A further condition report is below.
The dial has an off white powder finish and is original. It is in very good condition for the age. The signing is all clear. The Arabic hour markers have had the lume expertly refinished, meaning it is not radioactive.
The hands are original. They are of Cathedral style with a thermally blued finish. It is bright with little to no corrosion. The sub-second hand is also original and thermally blued. The lume has been expertly re-finished and is non-radioactive.
The crystal is an acrylic replacement and is in very good condition.
The crown, stem and loop are good and original in a rose gold tone.
The outer case is formed of silver and has a solid back with hinged front. It is in good condition with little tarnishing to the silver and light surface scratching associated with ageing.
The case back is in good condition. It is formed of silver and has light surface scratching as expected with wear. It has no denting.
Inner case and case back:
The inner case is formed of Stainless Steel and is in good condition with only light surface scratching. The case back snaps on and is in good condition and closes tightly. It has no dents.
The movement is a Rone Calibre 8.220 movement. It is a good quality movement with interesting, curved bridge design, balance cock and regulating arm.
The movement is in very good condition for its age, both cosmetically and functionally. It has been serviced by ourselves. It keeps time to within -10 seconds a day, with an amplitude of 275 and a beat error of 2.0 m/s.
Case width: 46.75mm
Case length: 46.5mm
Case length with crown: 53.5mm
Case length with crown loop: 58.5mm
Case Depth: 11.25mm
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