PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF CONDESA VDA. DE ROMANONES AND FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR
The square dial applied with dot indicators inset within a mount highlighted with single-, circular- and brilliant-cut and baguette diamonds, to a two row bracelet of snake linking and a diamond set clasp, mounted in platinum, length approximately 170mm, signed Van Cleef & Arpels and numbered, French assay and maker's marks, case inscribed 'For their 3 anniversary, 12.III.36, and Our tub, 17.III.36'.
Cf: Marc Petit, Van Cleef & Arpels; Reflets D'Eternité, Paris, 2005, page 81 and image numbers 200 - 203 for similar examples.
Cf: Palais Galliera, Van Cleef & Arpels, Paris, 1992, page 129 for similar examples.
This jewel can be found listed in the original inventory of the Duchess of Windsor's jewellery, item number 219; 'bracelet-montre - 2 chaine serpent (sic) rondes platine motif 1/2 anneau brillants ronds en pavage, boitier brillants ronds sur platine.'
This bracelet/watch was gifted from the Duchess of Windsor to the Condesa Vda. de Romanones.
The inscription on the reverse, is a facsimile of the Duke of Windsor's handwriting, at this time he was in fact King Edward VIII but was never crowned. Upon the death of his father, King George V who died on 20th January 1936, Edward became King until his abdication eleven months later. He married Wallis Simpson on 3rd June 1937 when they assumed the titles Duke and Duchess of Windsor.
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