- Brand: Cooke & Kelvey
- Circa: 1885
- Model: Hunter case
- Reference: N/A
- Calibre: N/A
- Movement: Manual
- Material: 18ct yellow gold
- Features/complications: Hunter case with decorative engraving, chronograph and minute repeater
- Dial: White enamel dial with outer minute track and 0-300 outer scale featuring two separate dials for time recording – one at 9 o’clock signed ‘Greenwich Time’ and, one dial at 3 o’clock signed ‘Calcutta Time’. 60 minute register at 12 o'clock and subsidiary seconds at 6 o’clock with central chronograph hand
- Case dimensions: Diameter 50 mm | Thickness 21 mm
- Bracelet/strap: N/A
- Accessories: N/A
- Web reference: 9757
Essay: Cooke & Kelvey was founded in 1858 by Robert Thomas Cooke and Charles Kelvey. They were Kolkata based clock makers, silversmiths, jewellers who were extremely popular during the later period of British India. Some of the notable Cooke and Kelvey clocks include those in the Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, the Bhim Chandra Nag sweet shop in Kolkata and the Fairlie Warehouse in Kolkata.
Cooke & Kelvey expertise and history of fine watchmaking, eventually led to an association with Rolex of Geneva. Their high-profile clientele includes erstwhile Maharajas, industrialist, politicians and many popular personalities. Cooke & Kelvey were Victorian era silversmiths and their craft and designs have come from England. Their ‘native’ craftsmen in Calcutta (Kolkata) were handpicked and trained by British artisans, by the 1880s.
Cooke & Kelvey ceased to be watchmakers in the 1930s. As silversmiths, they have been and still remain front-end players in the luxury segment with their showroom in New Delhi, India.