This antique, Victorian era pocket watch is a work of art...literally!
The solid 18 karat gold, hand-chased case back features an incredibly-detailed, hand-painted miniature scene.
The details of the painting are shocking, especially considering this was done by hand, using crushed enamel.
Although the enameling is damaged in several areas, it's still quite amazing it is in the condition it's in, considering it is over 120 years old!
The watch is missing its minute hand and the glass crystal is not fixed to the bezel.
The gilt metal dial has a work of art, carved by hand, at the center! The miniature engraving has a similar scene to the miniature painting on the case back. The engraving is so detailed, and is an absolute pleasure to admire.
Yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and green gold floral detailing decorates the outer rim of the dial.
Underneath the hinged case back reveals a hand-engraved dust cover with holes drilled for key-winding and setting the watch.
The base metal dust cover is hand-engraved with the following: "Ed DuBois - Locle - Hands - Anchor Escapement Thirteen Jewels".
The hinged dust cover lifts open to reveal the inner workings of the watch. This 13 jewel, key wind movement is a precursor to the movements used in today's modern watches.
A closer look at the movement, which still runs, but needs to be serviced.
It's a shame the watch isn't in pristine condition, but it's always surprising that watches of that era even survive at all!