A 14k gold keyless wind open face pocket watch by Gebr. Eppner.
Lot 175 is a fascinating watch, as much for its history as for the watch itself. This piece was given as a gift to the head gamekeeper of Lowther Castle in Cumbria, Charles Robinson by the German Emperor Wilhelm II in 1902. Lowther castle was the seat of the Earl of Lonsdale, and it was the 5th Earl of Londsdale, Hugh Cecil Lowther, who was hosting the German Emperor. It was this Earl of Londsdale, known as the yellow Earl as it was his favourite colour, who donated the original Lonsdale belts for boxing and who was the founder of the AA. Wilhelm II was a grandson of Queen Victoria and had an English mother. He had a love-hate relationship with Britain and 1902 would have been one of the last years before relations took a dramatic turn for the worse.
The watch that Charles Robinson received has Wilhelm's monogram on the back. It is 14ct gold with an open face and was made by Gebr. Eppner. This Berlin based company produced very fine watches, almost as good as those produced by Lange in Glashutte and this watch shows the features of fine watchmaking with a split compensation balance and a Breguet overcoil hairspring.
This Lot comes with a fitted presentation case and is estimated at £1,800 - £2,200