18ct gold and enamel open face pocket watch. Made for the Chinese Market. Circa 1820
18ct gold and enamel open face pocket watch. Made for the Chinese Market. Circa 1820
18ct gold and enamel open face pocket watch. Made for the Chinese Market. Circa 1820

18ct gold and enamel open face pocket watch. Made for the Chinese Market. Circa 1820

Just & Son
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  • Brand: Just & Son
  • Circa: 1820
  • Model: Open face
  • Reference: N/A
  • Calibre: N/A
  • Movement: Manual
  • Material: 18ct yellow gold
  • Features/complications: Movement with English lever escapement, open face enamel case with detailing around the circumference and floral enamel scene in the centre 
  • Dial: White enamel dial with outer minute track featuring black Roman numeral hour markers with blued steel skeletonized hands and centre seconds 
  • Case dimensions: Diameter 53 mm | Thickness 16 mm
  • Bracelet/strap: N/A
  • Accessories: N/A
  • Web reference: 1737

Essay: Just & Son, London Leonard Just was specialized in making watches for the Chinese market. He worked in London between 1790 and 1825. Upon his death, the business passed to his son, and carried on as "Just & Son", Middleton Square. Like other English watchmakers trading with China, some of their watches were made by Swiss watchmakers from the Val-de-Travers area, of which Fleurier is the biggest village.

For more information on Chinese Market watches, see our blog The Luxury of Time