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Victor Kullberg, 105 Liverpool Road, London, Movement No. 2075, 51 mm, 131 g, circa 1872
A rare precision pocket watch with chronograph and centre seconds which just came to me via auction
Kullberg to me is synonymous to English deck watches and Marine chronometers for the British Royal Navy... so not so far away from my original collecting theme
Another interesting thing that I discovered; the watch is not only key wound and set but also Crown wound and pin set...I wonder why that was done?
Case: 18k rose gold, polished, tiered, gold dome, chronograph function via crown pusher, lateral slide for chronograph locking device,
case maker's punch mark "JM".
Dial:enamel, radial Roman hours, signed and numbered, blued spade hands.
Movement: 2/3 plate movement, keywind, frosted, gilt, signed, screwed chatons, chain/fusee, large balance bridge, English lever escapement, heavy gold screw chronometer balance, freesprung, blued balance spring, set diamond endstone on balance.
Victor Kullberg was born at Visby on the island of Gothland, Sweden in 1824 and was apprenticed to a chronometer maker in 1840. On the completion of his training he was employed by Louis Urban Juergensen in Copenhagen, but was attracted toBritain at the time of the 1851 Exhibition. In Britain he remained as a maker of marine and pocket chronometers to which he brought several innovations. From 1860 onwards, thanks to the high quality of his machines and the efficiency of his new forms of auxiliary compensation, he consistently scored ratings in chronometrical competitions throughout the world and was awarded numerous gold and silver medals. With an international trade and reputation he was appointed chronometer maker to the Swedish and Norwegian navies in 1874 and, about a machine entered for the Greenwich trials of 1882, the Astronomer Royal reported that it was 'the finest chronometer they had ever had on trial'. Although unmarried, Kullberg had two sons. On their father's death, 7 July 1890, they jointly inherited the business with his nephew Peter John Wennerstrom. After the death of the nephews, Wennerstrom and hisson bought out the other interests in the business. Subsequently it was continued by Sanfrid Lindquist and survived until the 2nd Wold War during which its premises were destroyed.
Source: Paul M. Chamberlain "It's about Time", New York 1941, pp. 435.
My WWW collection is now complete, time to look for new ventures!
|IHC Life Member|
nice diamond stone on balance
what a watch congrats.
|IHC Life Member|
Quite a beautiful watch. In my opinion, for a long time the English held the high standard for technical excellence. Werner's watch is a really nice example of that! I'd love to see under the dial!
|IHC Member 1335|
Victor Kullberg,one of the superior chronometer makers for sure!!
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