Today we are thrilled to be offering for sale a truly magnificent Breitling Laederich Victorian-era ladies solid gold, enamel, and diamond pocket watch! This stunning mid-19th century masterpiece of fine Swiss horology craftsmanship was expertly crafted by Breitling Laederich of La Chaux-de-Fonds, which is a Swiss city of the district of La Chaux-de-Fonds in the canton of Neuchâtel. The rare and obscure luxury watch firm of Breitling Laederich was reputedly owned by Charles Auguste Breitling, who was a close relative of Leon Breitling, the founder of the renowned and still thriving Breitling Watch Company (founded in 1884). This exquisite ladies’ fob pocket watch, model number 30140, features a hallmark 18k yellow gold case, with royal blue guilloche enamel detailing on both front and back. The guilloche enamel detailing is designed in the neoclassical style, with floral sprays and swags. The center medallion on the front side features fifteen (15) uniquely shaped hand-cut diamonds styled in a gilt-bordered floret. The back side of the watch features a lavish hand-painted monogram with the letter “A” (possibly interspersed with the letter “M”) surrounded by garlands of delicate flowers in the French-style and surrounded by gilt florets. The precision Swiss movement is key wound and set. The white porcelain enamel dial features a gold cuvette, Roman numerals, and subsidiary seconds. The inside of the front cover in inscribed “To Mary Agnes – from – Her Father – May 27th 1868. This beautiful pocket watch was no doubt the gift of a wealthy Victorian gentleman to his adored daughter. A pocket watch like this would have cost as much as an average home for a person of the time. The back covers inside are marked on the inside with “18K/PF/30140/(hand engrave service dates – various)/ N. 30140/Breitling Laederich/Chaux de Fonds/ Suisse”. The watch movement is marked with the words “fast/slow”; although the number of jewels isn’t listed we believe the watch is 13 jewels, based on other examples we’ve encountered in our research. The movement, at present, is not running (it appears over-wound) but is complete. No doubt the expert collector who purchases this pocket watch will know how to bring it back to working condition (If however you don’t know a good watchmaker, let us know and we can have it serviced by our local and trusted watchmaker at your expense before shipping). This stunning fob pocket watch presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with minor wear/scuffing and patina commensurate with age and type of use. Back side of watch (with enamel monogram) has two abrasion/dents and very minor loss to outer layer of enamel. Winding key is included. This all-original and authentic period watch will be the crowning jewel of any fine pocket watch collection and will be THE conversation piece whenever you wear it. A distinguished piece for a distinguished collector. A wise investment and just a special piece for a special buyer!
DIMENSIONS: Height: 2-1/8″ Diameter: 1-1/2 Depth: 3/8″ Weight: 44 grams
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