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Self-winding watch, c 1880.

Self-winding watch, c 1880.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


This self-winding watch in a square silver case was made by Loehr in Vienna, Austria. Self-winding watches were first introduced in the 1770s. Dispensing with the need for a separate key, these watches were kept wound by the movement of the wearer. Self-winding was succesfully applied to wristwatches by Harwood in the 1920s and Rolex in the 1930s and became commonplace. View of mechanism.

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