MOVEMENT : Signed P. Gilbert, Cockspur Street, London. The high quality cylinder movement has a beautifully engraved balance cock with a very large diamond endstone. The movement is protected by a fixed brass dustcap, also signed and numbered (2897). The movement incorporates an hour/quarter dumb repeating function which is activated by the pushing down the stem. The repeater strikes two steel blocks on the side of the case, with one tap for the hours and two for the quarters.
Both watch movement and repeating function are working well.
DIAL : The white enamel half hunter dial is about 42mm in diameter. It is in perfect condition except for a small repair on the edge at 1 o’clock and three very feint short hairlines, near the edge between 7 and 8. The mineral crystal is fine
CASE : The substantial 18ct gold half hunter case is 53.25mm in diameter (excluding pendant etc.) and weighs 138gms (including the movement).
All hinges and catches are fine and all 3 covers snap closed nicely. Both front and back covers are hallmarked for 18ct gold, maker’s mark IM. The back cover also has the numbers 897 stamped which are the last three numbers of the movement.
The outer surfaces are engine turned with a slightly worn engraved monogram on the back (possibly WG). The case is in very good condition with some very light scratches but only one noticeable which is on the front left just to the right of the hinge (it can clearly be seen on the first photo but in reality isn’t as obvious as the photo.)
This is a beautiful watch of the highest quality.
Loomes lists P.Gilbert in London from 1803.