A wonderful London verge watch, in fine gold repousse pair cases, by the Watchmaker to Queen Charlotte, wife of George III.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock, and silver regulator disk. Signed ‘Danl. De St. Leu, Servt. To her Majesty, London’ and numbered (2703).
All in good condition and running well.
DIAL : Fine white enamel signed dial in almost perfect condition. There are just a few light scratches but no repairs. Nice original 18th century beetle and poker gold hour hand and a later minute hand.
INNER CASE : 22ct. gold, with London hallmarks for 1776, maker IP. There are a few light bruises around the band but in generally good condition. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely. Good high dome bull’s eye crystal.
OUTER CASE : A fine and quite heavy 22ct. gold pair case, with wonderful repousse work. No holes and only a little rubbing to the high points, The hinge, catch and catch button are all fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely.
The watch is complete with a fine contemporary gilt and green hardstone key, which both winds and sets the watch.
The gold cases weigh 59.5 gms (excluding movement but including crystal).
Daniel De St. Leu is listed in London from 1753 until 1797 and was made Watchmaker to the Queen in 1765.