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Geneva, Sep 22, 2021

LOT 102

James Wates
Pocket watch; silver

CHF 1,000 - 2,000

EUR 950 - 1,850 / USD 1,100 - 2,200 / HKD 8,600 - 17,100


Sold: CHF 487

Silver, hunting-case, key-winding, round-shaped, pocket watch with nominative dial.

Polished silver case.

White enamel dial with radial letters forming the name “James Wates”; yellow gold “Pear” hands.

Movement 18’’’, gilded brass, fusee and chain, verge escapement, monometallic balance (polished steel) and blued steel flat hairspring.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3 *
Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand James Wates, Woolwich (Sussex)

Year circa 1830

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. unnumbered (by “W R”, probably William Rowlands, London, Master case-maker registered in June 1817, 1821, 1830 and 1838; London letter-date for 1828)

Material silver

Diameter 52.6 mm.

Caliber 18’’’, fusee and chain, verge escapement

Weight 128 gr. (approx.)

Signature dial and movement


Woolwich is a district in southeast London, England, within the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

Woolwich is a village in Kent, southwest England.


A cabinet-maker named James Wates (1807-1891) is recorded leaving in Woolwich, Kent.


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

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