RGS Explorer's Watch
Fine and scarce English explorer's watch made for the Royal Geographic Society
by Lund & Blockley circa 1879 with detailed provenance.
Fine enamel dial with winding indicator and blued steel hands.
Nickel plain polish watertight case with waterproof cover over the crown (used for setting only)
and a screw-in plug over the hole for the winding key.
Fine gilt 3/4 plate lever fusee movement.
This is one of the earliest recorded watches of this type and the stem set key
wind feature is quite unusual if not unique.
According to the Royal Geographical Society, this watch was used by Keith Johnson and then
by Joseph Thompson on the R.G.S. East Africa Expedition that reached Lake Tanganyika and the
headwaters of the Congo. Then in 1881 it was lent to James Stewart C.E. and
then to W.O. McEwan (attached to the Livingstonia Mission) for use in East Africa.
Finally, in 1937 the watch was used by Michael Spender who was the surveyor who accompanied
the well known explorer Eric Shipton to the Shaksgam Valley.
Accompanied by a reprint of an article about this watch
published in “Antiquarian Horology” and a copy of correspondence
from the R.G.S.
Diameter 56 mm
NOTE: The small circles or shadows in some of our photos
are reflections of the camera lens. Since this watch is much smaller than in the
enlarged photos, a tiny blemish or imperfection that you could not see when looking
at the actual watch can appear very large in the photos.