Swedish Pocket Watch by Widman, Stockholm

Stock No. 1387
Johan Widman
Stockholm, c1720
Silver pair cases, 53 mm.
Verge movement


A large and impressive Swedish verge, with beautiful movement, in silver pair cases.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with beautifully engraved and pierced winged balance bridge, showing two masks and two birds among foliage. Large silver regulator disk and later small steel coquerette at the centre of the balance bridge. Four Egyptian pillars. Signed “J. Widman, Holmiae”.

In good condition and working.

DIAL : Large white enamel dial, in very good condition with just one very light hairline from 10 towards the centre. This beautiful dial is a little later than the movement, probably added in the mid 18th century.
Later matching copper hands.

INNER CASE : Silver, with rubbed maker’s marks.
In good condition, with just some small dents on the shoulders and one on the back and one at the opening catch. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is ok, with light scratches, and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The bow is later.

OUTER CASE : Silver pair case, with no marks but a perfect fit for the inner so no reason to believe that it is not original.
In good condition, with just a few small light bruises. The steel catch and catch button are present, and the bezel snaps shut.

Johan Widman (sometimes spelled Widtenman or Wideman) is listed as working in Stockholm between 1716 and 1720. Holmiae is the Latin name for Stockholm.