The symbol at the bottom of the picture is the German Imperial Crown within a circle that represents the sun. Join the discussion One Comment. The Waltham company also supplied watches to the Canadian military. All the best! These hallmarks marks are seen on the vast majority of Swiss watches with silver or gold cases imported to the UK between and before assay and hallmarking of the cases of imported watches in a British assay office became compulsory. This piece consists of a ring of steel sandwiched to a ring of brass.
For example, glass backed pocket watches allow you to actually see the working movements and the ticking mechanisms.
How to Date a Pocket Watch
When tested in Switzerland the chosen sterling silver item marked with the British lion passant would have assayed at 0. For more about this see the section below about silver and the three bears. Why there was a four year gap between registering the design of the lugs and strap to registering the design of the buckle is a bit of a mystery. The pocket watch is traditionally secured to a waistcoat, lapel or belt loop with a chain, leather strap or other type of fixture. It has a back case with an extra hinge cover that allows the watch to stand upright on a desk or other flat surface.