Fine Jewellery Auction

November 29, 2016

LOT 104
Harwood Automatic Wind Wristwatch
  • Harwood Automatic Wind Wristwatch


Harwood Automatic Wind Wristwatch

circa 1930’s; patent #1576120; case #10535; 15 jewel movement with 2 adjustments; bezel set hands; in an English 9k rose gold case

Estimate $500-$700

Realised: $600
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

Englishman John Harwood is the acknowledged inventor of the automatic winding wristwatch. He received a Swiss patent for the design in 1924 and the Harwood Self-Winding Watch Co. was created in 1928. The watches were produced primarily between 1929 and 1931. Unfortunately, the Great Depression and competitive pressure from the newly developed rotor winding system forced the company to close in the early 1930’s.