This 1920 continental silver (0.800) pocket watch would have originally been gold plated, but little of that remains.


From the amateur engraving inside the case we can date this watch to being engraved in 1920. It may have been made earlier or later, but 1920 is about right for the other elements too


This is the oldest timepiece we have ever offered for sale, and while it doesn’t offer anything particularly groundbreaking it does have a certain charm. We do not know the maker, or the movement calibre, but we can say it is a pin set manual wind movement with 10 jewels. The dial has damage to the material around 8. The case would have been gold plated, denoted by the stamp inside the cover saying GALONNE, and there is a little evidence of this around the edge of the bezel. The case would shine up with a jewellers cloth, but then you lose the patina that it has taken 100 years to build up. The movement is working in all positions – always test old watches on their back, sides and upside down to check for excessive play in the balance – and is losing a few of minutes a day. However you shouldn’t be using a 100 year old watch for precision timekeeping anyway! The cartouche on the case back has the same initials as the inscription inside.

This watch will be supplied with our Certificate of Authenticity.

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Width with crown 58.5 mm (excluding the bow)

Width without crown 46.0 mm

Case Thickness 13.5 mm

All sizes are approximate.

Included with this watch is a 1 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses. If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries. Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us. Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.

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