KINGSTON (RECORD) WATCH CO MOONPHASE COMPLICATIONS
Beautiful Complications – Interesting History !
Hidden behind the Kingston alias lies a respected Swiss watch house, why did Record use a brand name that no one knew ?
Item description: Beautiful rose gold filled case with tear-drop lugs. Pushers located at 2:00, 8:00 and 10:00 are used to quick set the date, month and moon phase features. Stunning mat silver dial with outer date ring and apertures for day, month and moon phase features. Small seconds at 6:00. Signed Kingston Watch Co. Superb enamel moon-phase dial. In addition to the hands, a third red hand shows the date. This is set from a pusher at the 10.o clock position of the case. Immediately above the 6.0 clock position is a 60 second sub register.
Reverse has a polished stainless steel press-fit case-back. The inside of the case-back marked, Kingston Watch Co. Geneva. The watch has the famous Record Watch Company caliber 107 C calender movement signed Kingston Watch Co. 17 Jewels, Swiss. The movement with steel bridges. Fine regulation, and balance with screw in weights. The watch with a dark brown lizard strap and gold plated non-branded buckle.
Size: 45mm x 33mm
Condition report: The watch in very good to excellent condition. Dial original and excellent condition. Movement clean and functioning (no warranty implied). The timepiece may have been opened, so it should not be used near moisture or water without being checked by a qualified watchmaker.
Background to Kingston (Record) Watch Company: The Record Watch Company of Switzerland was not able to sell watches under the same name in North America due to patent restrictions. To get around the restrictions, the Company sold watches under several aliases such as Rivera, Banner and Kingston in the first half of the 20th century.
Notes: Please remember, when setting triple date moonphase watches such as this one, never use the button pushers between 10:00pm to 3:00am as it is possible to damage the inner workings. At that time the components that change the calendar functions are engaged and the pushers will not work properly. If they are pressured, this could damage the parts inside.
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