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MATCHED PAIR OF FINE WALTHAM SIDEREAL ASTRONOMIC & VANGUARD POCKET WATCHES, early 20th C., the A.W.W. Co. no. 18028576 open face Sidereal keyless wind watch with 19-jewels, damascened movement adjusted to 5 positions jewels in gold settings, bi metallic balance with overcoiled Breguet hairspring, diamond endstone, micrometer regulator, lever set, white enamel dial signed 'SIDEREAL', minute ring, 24-hour chapter ring, subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands, plain metal Crescent swing out case numbered 9382, c. 1910, 58mms diam.; the A.W.W. Co. No. 16099491 open face Vanguard grade keyless wind watch with 23-jewels, damascened full plate movement adjusted to 5 positions, jewels in gold settings, bi metallic balance with overcoiled Breguet hairspring, diamond endstone, gold rack and pinion regulator, roman chapters, blued steel hands, subsidiary seconds, Pioneer case with sterling silver outer case no. 5051, engine turned back with blank cartouche, c. 1907, 57mms diam., both in fitted mahogany case with 'WALTHAM' label (2)
Provenance: Private collection (South Wales)
Auctioneer's Note: Waltham Astronomic Sidereal models are very scare. They were produced in very limited numbers in 19 jewel versions. Sidereal time is the time between two successive transits of a fixed star. A sidereal year is one day longer than a mean solar year making the sidereal day approximately 3 minutes 56 seconds (solar) longer than a mean solar day.
Comments: Sidereal watch - case very slightly worn, dial and movement excellent. Vanguard watch - hairline cracks to lower dial
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