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Birks, 18 Karat Hand Engraved Pocket Watch Circa 1887

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FACTORY / HOUSE: Birks Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Reference 6 Size METAL / MATERIAL: 18Kt. CIRCA / YEAR: 1887 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: 42mm Diameter MOVEMENT / CALIBER: Manual Winding / 15 Jewels DIAL / HANDS: Kiln Fired Enamel Dial / Blued Steel Hands ATTACHMENT / LENGTH: Gold Filled Pocket Watch Chain WARRANTY: 18 months on the movement LIFETIME SERVICE COMMITMENT This high grade pocket watch was produced for legendary house of Birks. The watch is supplied with a period chain and since it has not been serviced in many years the price includes a service as well.
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1880's
  • Condition:
    It is worth noting that this watch only had a 12-month warranty when it was new. However, we are so confident of our workmanship and team that we offer an 18-month warranty on all our watches, even those over 100 years old.
  • Seller Location:
    Long Beach, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 2991stDibs: LU422314057062

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