I cannot say enough wonderful things about this fabulous piece of fine Swiss jewelry! From Lucerne, Switzerland I bring to you an absolute lovely and exquisite 17 Jewel women's lapel brooch and necklace watch by Bucherer. This vintage piece is a sterling silver guilloche enamel watch pin, brooch, and necklace.
This watch is very attractive and is in exquisite condition. It runs well, keeping time and comes complete with its matched enamel watch pin and enamel link chain. It has a skeleton backing where you can see the inside movement from the outside, and it's a beautiful color of a deep red with hand painted dainty pink roses with green leaves on the front and backside. As with any vintage time piece we cannot guarantee it's future performance. We do recommend the watch to be fully serviced to ensure it's integrity.
This sweet 17 jewel Swiss made watch made by Bucherer of Switzerland dates from the 1920's Art Deco era to the 1950's. I have seen these marked in the early 1900's although I feel confident in my research this is the correct eras.
The pin - brooch is hallmarked on the back of the bow, in the middle. It says .925 CB for Carl Bucherer. Has the original enamel linked chain for the necklace is almost 31" long, although doubled up with the clasp and swivel it is almost 15.5" long. It has 14 lozenge shaped links that are red enameled and is in excellent condition. The chain is not marked although it is original to the pin - brooch watch.
The pin - brooch bow measures 1.5" across and with the watch attached it measures 2.5" in length. The watch measures 1" in round diameter across approx. 3/8" thick. On the right side of the top piece of the bow, it is missing a tiny piece of enamel and is showing white. Your eye doesn't even catch it unless you are specifically looking for it. It is very, very small.
It has a winding stem and the crystals on each side are in excellent condition. It has Arabic numerals at 12:00 and 6:00 positions. The crystals over the face and back mechanism are very thick and rounded. The see through back crystal which exposes the watch works (called the skeleton) adds tremendous visual interest and curiosity to the watch!
This watch is upside down. When pinned on and you look down it is looking correctly at you and when someone is looking at you, it looks to be upside down! The silver is gold washed (gilt) and in wonderful shape. The enamel which is in excellent condition is guilloché which gives it a wonderful visual texture.
Guilloché is French, dating back at least to the 1770's and is defined as a decorative engraving technique in which a very precise intricate repetitive pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material with fine detail. Specifically, it involves a technique of engine turning, called guilloché in French after the French engineer "Guillot", who invented a machine that could lightly incised fine patterns and designs on metallic surfaces. The machine improved upon the more time-consuming practice of making similar designs by hand, allowing for greater delicacy, precision, and closeness of the line, as well as greater speed."
Truly a wonderful antique Swiss-made jewelry masterpiece! A great find for the novice or seasoned watch collector! Rare and hard to find!