For sale we have a 1940s Fears ladies watch with a 17.5mm chrome plated case, a manual wind movement and stand out gold tone sector dial, with gold foil numerals.
This watch is petite, measuring 17.5mm x 21mm, making this more suited to an evening wear watch.
It has a chrome plated case, which is an angular tonneau shape. The top of the case is curved towards the lugs, with a bevelled finish to the sides which catches the light. It has the flat polished sides, with a bevel to the underside, leading into the flat brushed finish to the back. It is engraved with the serial number and the reference number. It has fixed bar lugs which mean the handmade strap is sewn on. It has a well-proportioned crown, for ease of use.
The dial is a rich gold tone, with a subtle satin brushed finish to the centre. It is of sector design, with gold foil numerals to the exterior. It is a simple, yet well executed dial which is a joy to view. The dial is simply signed “Fears” below 12 O’clock. It has gold tone leaf style hands to indicate the time.
The watch is presented on a custom made, pigskin strap, which is sewn on to the lugs. This was made especially for this watch.
The movement is by well-known Swiss manufacturer Fabrique d’Horlogerie Fontainemelon (FHF). Their movements also featured in Tudor watches into the 1950s. It is a calibre 190 movement, which is manual wind, with 15 jewels and a power reserve of 40 hours.
It is working well after its Fears Heritage service and is guaranteed for a year giving you peace of mind.
This lovely little example comes nestled in an official Fears box, in “Fears Bristol Blue” with cream interior. Upon opening, you will be greeted by a Fears owner club card, with a heritage inspired Edwin Fear cleaning cloth.
In addition there is an extract from the Fears archive, detailing the specifics of this example, hand signed by 4th Managing Director, Nicholas Bowman-Scargill.
The dial is original and is in good condition for the age. The gold satin finish is good, as are the gold foil hour markers and signing. It has slight marking associated with ageing.
The hands are original. They are a gold tone and have some marking with age.
The crystal is a replacement and is in perfect condition.
The crown is original and is chromium plated. It has wear which matches the case.
The chrome plated case is original and has aged. It has some scratching to the chrome plating.
The case back is formed of Stainless Steel and is in good condition. It maintains its original grained finish. The reference and serial number are clear.
The watch is on a new, custom made pig-skin strap.
The strap will fit up to a 7” wrist diameter. The watch is modelled on a 7” wrist circumference to give an idea of the proportions.
It is an FHF calibre 190 which is manual wind, with a jewel count of 15. It has a power reserve of 40 hours.
The movement is working well and is fresh from its Fears Heritage service. It is currently keeping time to within +40 seconds a day.
Case width: 17.5mm
Case width with crown: 19.5mm
Case length: 21.5mm
Case length lug to lug: 25mm
Case Depth: 7.75mm
Lug width: 8mm
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