Henri Louis Matile Fils, Locle, for E. S. Ettenheimer & Co., Rochester, NY, a man's large gold pocket watch, 21 jewels, key wind and set, damascened nickel bar movement with lever escapement, cut bimetallic balance, gold jewel settings, gold timing screws and gold wheel train in a heavy, 18 karat, yellow gold, reeded edge, engine turned hunting case with retailer's details engraved on gold cuvette and roman numeral, double sunk white enamel dial, plum colored steel Breguet style hands, serial #8197, 57mm, 163.1g TW, c1880.
CONDITION: CASE: Fine scratches on outer surface of case; Scratches on cuvette; Engine turning with moderate wear; Front cover hinge sticky; Rear cover snap worn; Bow worn; Pusher cap worn; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Spider hairlines, very faint, dial center. HANDS: Good. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches on plate; Minor spotting; Screw heads with marring at slots; Lever and escape wheel endstone settings with minor marring. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks) Henri Louis Matile exhibited precision watches at the U.S. Centennial Exhibition, and won the 1877 Neuchatel timing contest, category C, for a lever chronometer. This watch demonstrates the firm's ability to produce fine lever watches.
ESTIMATE: $1500 - $1800
PRICE SOLD: $2200