Pair-case watch

Watchmaker: Daniel Delander British
Case maker: William Jaques British

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This watch incorporates an early eighteenth-century development in watchmaking: the use of jewel endstones—hard gemstones with holes drilled into them for pivoting the ends of the shafts to which the wheels are attached. This innovation was not only practical, helping to strengthen a part of the watch susceptible to wear and damage, but also beautiful. The large pink diamond endstone of the present example is visible at the center of Delander’s beautifully pierced and engraved balance cock.

Pair-case watch, Watchmaker: Daniel Delander (British, 1678–1733), Outer case, inner case, and champlevé dial: silver and blued steel hands; Movement: gilded brass, steel, and diamond endstone, British, London

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