Generally in working order, however, depending on position, will stop and start. Movement otherwise with minimal wear for a piece of its remarkable age. Top lid has some rubbing to scene. Bottom lid similarly rubbed. Sides with some minor losses to red wax, otherwise engraving is still well defined The lid Interior of James I portrait in excellent condition, and superbly executed, same for Arms on the opposite lid, Dial in good order, with minor rubbing to the month ring, particularly June and July. Minor losses to red wax on numerals. Superb piece both from a horological and historical perspective. Sympathetic restoration was carried out on the watch following its purchase from Sotheby's in 1995. This included the removal of the later replaced hands with indications of appropriate style and form for the period, as well as the addition of the finely pierced floral disc within the hour chapter ring which was lacking in the 1995 auction. The balance was replaced and the ratchet spring was repaired and the cock above the ratchet set-up which was lacking in 1995 was also added at that time. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE." **Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."
Length 65 mm
Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, pp. 34-35, pl. 10
Sotheby's London, 2nd March, 1995, lot 17