Art Nouveau Niello Enamel.800
Silver with Rose Gold Case Swiss Pocket Watch CA1895
Manufacturer: Longines; Country: Switzerland; Type: Man's; Circa Date: 1895
Size: 48 mm diameter- approximately 14 Size
Style: Hunter's Case
Material: .800 Silver with Rose Gold, Niello Enamel.
Decorations: Rose berry designs, large leaf patterns, branches and a rose
swirl frame which is uninitialed decorate this beautiful hunter's case. Grand
Prix award medallions are marked on the inner cuvette.
Conditions: Near Mint - Strong condition with only minor or slight flaws.
Moderate wear on gold inlay.
Numerals: Roman Numerals with Arabic 5-minute track.
Conditions: D 3
(The Dial is in Very Good
Jewels: 15 Jewels
Setting: Lever Set
Layout: 3/4-Plate Layout.
Conditions: M 3
(The Movement is in Very Good Condition)
What is the design on the dust cover of the watch?
Longines Universal Exhibitions Medals
Universal Exhibitions were World's fairs originating in the French tradition of
national exhibitions, a tradition that culminated with the French Industrial
Exposition of 1844 held in Paris. This fair was soon followed by other national
exhibitions in continental Europe, and eventually the United Kingdom. Many of
the dust covers on the Longines Pocket Watches from the 1900s exhibit the
Universal Exhibitions Awards Medals. Longines won a record of ten Grand Prix and
28 Gold Medals, more than any other watch manufacturer! These include 1885 Grand
Prix in Antqerp; 1897 in Brussels; 1889, 1900 & 1925 in Paris; 1906 in Milan;
1914 in Genoa; 1914 in Philadelphia; and 1926 & 1929 in Barcelona.
What is the condition of the case?
This pocket watch was originally a Niello enameled case. Niello is a lost art of
enameling. Many of these beautiful cases were damaged and were not able to be
restored. Instead of discarding these award winning, works of art, what Niello
remained was removed from the case, displaying the original Art Nouveau period
designs. Masterfully giving these beautiful, multicolored cases a second life!