Bucherer - Vintage Swiss Gold plated Enamel 17 Jewel Windup Brocaded Pendant Watch & Chain (VP210)

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Bucherer - Vintage Swiss Gold Plated Enamel 17 Jewel Windup Brocaded Pendant Watch & Chain. This precious watch is crafted from a heavy gold plate. The chain is also gold plate. The watch features 17 jewels, enamel work and vintage styling. This signed Bucherer watch is Swiss made, and in wonderful vintage condition. The watches face is pearl white in color, whilst the case is gold and a beautiful luminescent crimson pink. The crystal is in excellent condition, which shows faint wear seen through magnification. The watch has been sent to a master watchmaker recently to be cleaned professionally, and now keeps perfect time. The timepiece has been matched up to a substantial long curb chain so the watch can be looked at when worn. This vintage pendant watch would make a wonderful gift or addition to any timepiece or jewelry collection.  

History: Ernst and Carl Eduard Bucherer, joined the family-owned company in the 1920s and, thanks to their wide-ranging experience, took it even greater success. In 1924, Ernst Bucherer entered into a particularly fruitful partnership with Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex. He decided to include the then little-known watch brand in its range. Today, Rolex is one of the world's most celebrated watch brands and remains the House of Bucherer's most important partner.

The technology behind gold plated jewelry is credited to Italian chemist Luigi Brugnatelli. In 1805, he discovered the process for electroplating. It was quickly adopted for jewelry styles, with many Victorian jewelry pieces using gold plating.

The earliest known enameled pieces have been dated to the 13th century BC, when Mycenaean goldsmiths inlaid enamels into gold rings. Since then, cultures all over the world have incorporated enameling into their art forms.

Peter Henlein (also spelled Henle or Hele) (1485 - August 1542), a locksmith and clockmaker of Nuremberg, Germany, is often considered the inventor of the watch.

The history of watches began in 16th-century Europe, where watches evolved from portable spring-driven clocks, which first appeared in the 15th century. A 16th-century portable drum watch with sundial. The 24-hour dial has Roman numerals on the outer band and Hindu–Arabic numerals on the inner one.


Measurements: Pendant Watch 30.00 mm x 21.00 mm          Chain 28" 

Weight: 13.10 grams 

Condition: Excellent       Note: Recently cleaned, keeps perfect time. 

Origin: Switzerland 

Date: Circa 1960


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