This is a Rare 18ct Gold Gents Automatic Wristwatch by John Harwood, the Famous English Inventor, which is in good running order.
The 15 Jewel Movement is 10 1/2 lignes in size and is signed Harwood with Patent ref numbers and bears sn 1247 ?. It is in very good condition and running very well.
The Dial measures 21 x 21mm and is presented in contrasting gold colours. It has raised Solid Gold Arabic Numerals and is signed Harwood, Fab Suisse. It is in very good condition with slight imperfections as shown.
The 18ct Gold Case measures 29mm in width and 32mm to the lugs. It is in excellent condition; is stamped with the Swiss Helvetia Assay Mark for 18 karat and what look like the Trade mark of Stauffer & Co. It is signed as shown and bears SN 309307. It is fitted with a 16mm Brown Leather strap, which is in fair condition and measures 215mm overall – (Ref. ACC417)
This is a beautiful 18ct Gold Harwood Automatic to add to your Collection and comes to you directly from a large Irish Watch Collection, which was assembled over the past 40-50 years and is Priced at €1,950 open to offers.
There is no crown on this watch and the hands are set by rotating the outer bezel. A red dot in the window above 6, indicates that the movement is free. To set the time, turn the bezel in the desired direction you want to move the hands; the red dot disappears and the movement is locked. When the hands have been set to the correct time, turn the bezel in the opposite direction until the dot re-appears and the watch is ready to go. I understand that the power reserve, when new, was around 12 hours.
This was the first ever automatic wristwatch to be commercially offered in the marketplace and all subsequent self-winding watches, including the Rolex Oyster, owe their existance to this movement.
They are extremely rare and collectible today, because they had a life span of less than two and a half years, from their introduction at the Basle Fair in 1926 and the demise of the Company in September 1931, as a result of the withdrawal of financial support, due to the 1929 crash.The early movements were made by A Schild and later by Fortis.
Harwood Self Winding Watch Co.
There is much information about this WatchMaker on the WEB and further information in Kathleen Pritchard : Pages H13 & H14.
The S&H Worldwide is by Fedex at a cost of €85 to €115, depending on destination of sale.
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