scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

a Lounger accepted to share some scans of 3 pocket watches he recently acquired:

Deck watch made for the British Ministry of Defence, Hydrographic service. Circa 1945
Silver case and Guillaume balance


scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection


Octogonal yellow gold case from 1915
scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection


Enamel and yellow gold from 1917
The watch was retailed by VC's retailer from Philedelphia J.E. Caldwell. The dial has only the retailer's name but the movement has both Caldwell's and VC's.
 
scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection

scans of some pocket watches from a private collection
the Deck watch is stunning, thanks for sharing
05/19/2009 - 16:37
nt
Real nice selection
05/19/2009 - 18:47
Agreed the deck watch is awesome, especially with its original wooden box!  The private label Caldwell PW is also interesting...those private label watches with VC movements would make an extensive collecting group on their own.  Prestigous names like Cartier, Tiffany, Mauboussin are still with us.  Jewellers such as Birks, Ellis and Ryrie in Canada; Caldwell, Harris & Shafer, Shreve, Boas, Bigelow, Spaulding, Charlton and other American labels offer an interesting path to vintage Vacheron collecting.
Another for the list
06/22/2009 - 17:49
Hansel Sloan & Co of Hartford, Conn. circa 1915
These are some beautiful pocket watches
05/20/2009 - 04:56
The deck chronometer looks to be my faovorite. I saw one for sale once online, also originally made for the British Hydrographic Service, if this is the same one, then Congratulations. If it's a different one, Kudos to lucky Lounger as well! I know there were many VC PW movements that were cased in North America by others, but I'm not familiar enough with them to identify the real thing vs. a Franken, so I've generally stayed away from them. For those with the knowledge, I'm sure there are opportunities out there for some great finds. (Thanks Dean for the info you provided). Thanks for letting Alex share these watches with us. I hope the owner participates with us more in the future. Best Regards, Dan
More Names?
05/21/2009 - 23:00
Dan, for the benefit of our archives, another American private label jeweller that sold Vacheron watches under their own name was Nowlan Co. of Richmond, Virginia. Does anyone have more European private label names?
Nearly all watches that Verger Frères were involved in,
05/22/2009 - 12:35
has another name on the dial. Verger was agent for VC in Paris and later 100% owned by VC. Here it's the jewler Marchak, one of the most wellknown, that VC had admitted to put their name on the dial. Other was as I have seen and also have one Caritier, they even were permitted to put their name on the movement! The movement is a VC Cal.1001 and VC's Cal. 1001 Mostly it's in USA that you see different names on VC's. They sent both cases and movements, and sometines they are put together by the buyer. Other times they were made by VC with the other name,  and other times the buyer just put their names on. Cheers and walk carefully Doc