The repoussé scene is rendered in especially high relief and appears to be made from a single sheet of gold; repoussé watches with very high relief often have additional plates added since the depth of the relief can result in the metal becoming too thin and fragile. Given the pronounced, raised surface of the case back, the condition and definition of the scene on the present watch is especially remarkable. The scene depicts the Continence of Scipio
and shows Scipio returning his prize of war, a beautiful maiden, unharmed to her fiancé. Another version of this scene by Henry Manly, (Ellicott 4313) depicts the maiden standing (see lot 33 in this sale). Interestingly another repoussé watch with very high relief, also by J. Grantham and hallmarked for the same year as the present watch, 1761, is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and is illustrated in Baillie, G. H., Watches, their History, Decoration and Mechanism,
1929, p. 116, pl. XXV.