48mm LeFortier Mans Pocket Watch
England, Jersey; LeFortier; Mans; C. 1830s
CASE: The .800 silver, 48mm, plain polished case has an open face.
DIAL: This white, porcelain dial displays Arabic numerals and sunburst hands.
MOVT: This key-set movement with verge escapement is gilt with a full plate
layout and is signed.
C 3 (The case is in very good condition)
D 3-40-57 (The dial is in very good condition, slightly scratched, slightly
M 3 (The movement is in very good condition)
The very first pocket watches up until the third quarter of the 19th century had
key-wind and key-set movements. A watch key was necessary to wind the watch and
to set the time. This was usually done by opening the case back and putting the
key over the winding-arbor (which was set over the watch's winding-wheel, to
wind the mainspring) or by putting the key onto the setting-arbor, which was
connected with the minute-wheel and turned the hands. Some watches of this
period had the setting-arbor at the front of the watch, so that removing the
crystal and bezel was necessary to set the time.
This watch includes a reproduction of the correct size key, it is not the