‘St. Andrews’ Piece Unique

Custom Made Repeater & Jumping Second, Golf Scene Enamel Dial


This big gold ‘St. Andrews’ bespoke watch was made upon the customer’s request as a tribute to his favourite UK golf course ‘The Old Course St. Andrews Links’. The hand painted hot enamel dial was made according to classic technology and based on an old photo of the golf course. A special and rare pocket watch movement was used to bring the watch to life with ticks and dings.

A large gold case for a large gents wrist.

 Rare vintage movement with three wheel trains for time, repeater and jumping second functions.

The independent second wheel train allows a jumping second hand similar to that in a quartz watch. The second hand either starts or stops by pressing a button.

The quarter repeater is activated by a slider on the side of the case. Hammers perform single strikes for the number of hours and double strikes for the full quarters in an hour. Due to the large size of the movement, the heavy hammers and gongs make a deep, loud noise.

The dial is hand painted, and a classic hot enamel technique was implemented.


                                     Although the watch was not made for everyday wear, but it is attractive and suitable for special events.

                                                                Handmade alligator strap, golf ball shaped 18K gold clasp.

The diamonds and dark-blue sapphires on the rim represent the minute and hour markings.

                                                     The signature ‘Piece Unique’ shows there is only one masterpiece was made.

The movement is the pride and joy of this project. We were very lucky to find such a perfectly preserved pocket watch movement, made in Switzerland back in the 1880’s. Spectacular finishing with gilt plates and purple ruby jewels. Two spring barrels with Ls. Audemars winding system for the main wheel train and for the independent second.

The watchmakers put in a lot of effort into making this machine comply with the highest quality standards, but left it unbranded. This happened quite often in the 1860-1900’s, when the modest Swiss manufacturers were making movements for the jewellery trading houses of Europe. Signatures were usually put onto the gold case covers, but the case for this movement was scrapped for gold long ago. Thankfully however, the movement was preserved perfectly.

                                            The third spring barrel with the repeater spring. Hammers and gongs for a brisk clear sound.

Specifications

  • Movement date: 1880-1890
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Type of movement: Swiss lever escapement, 33 rubies
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, independent jumping second, quarter repeater
  • Case metal: Gold 750 (18 carat)
  • Measurements: Diameter without crown 54mm; Height with lugs 60mm
  • Serial number: Piece Unique

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