Friday, November 4, 2011

Nice Lady's Antique Wristwatch

1900's Stadler Mabel Enameled Solid Silver Lady's Watch
Front View
White porcelain dial with no hairline cracks. Breguet-style numerals with red 12. Classic poire shaped hands. Sunken seconds sub-dial. Purple enameled bezel. Clear mineral glass crystal with no dings or major scratches.
Inside View
Fine Swiss hallmarked 0.935 silver case by the Stadler Watch Co. in Solothurn, Switzerland sometime between 1916 and 1930. The silver used is a little finer than Sterling which is itself only 0.925.
Back View
Solid silver snap-on back with purple basse-taille enamel. Basse taille is the rarer technique of first engraving the metal and then firing a smooth coat of glass enamel on top. This makes the engraving stand out with much nicer reflections and eliminates cleaning wear on the engravure.
Typical Swiss hand-decorated 7-jewel movement, also by Stadler. Sets correctly, runs and keeps good time for an antique watch. The silver wire lugs were straightened after this picture was taken.
Side View
Enameled silver back and bezel snap firmly on to the case. Comes with a 10mm lightly-used Swiss oiled leather band with matching silver-tone buckle. Onion-style crown makes the watch easy to wind and set. Watch is 27½mm diameter, excluding the crown. 9mm thick, from front to back, and weighs 22½ grams (¾ oz),including the band.
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