Condition Report For Lot# 67 :
CASE: Minor dent less than the size of a grain of rice, back cover at 11:00; A few minor dings; Minor scratches on outer surface of case; front cover with weak lift spring; Bow replaced; Enamel areas have minor scratches; display cuvette missing crystal; bezel hinge pin missing; Precious metal content marked. DIAL: Scratches minor to dial; Minor toning at edges of metal dial under by bezel. HANDS: Shortened. MOVEMENT PLATES: Minor scratches and spotting on plate; Ratchet wheel has spots of oxidation; Specks of dirt / dust. MOVEMENT FUNCTION: Running order (winds, sets and ticks). Box is very good overall. Loreta Janeta Velasquez (aka Lt Harry T. Buford) was a Cuban born woman who, disguised as Lt. Buford, fought on the Confederate side in the Civil War. When she was wounded, a doctor discovered that she was not a he, and was forced to leave the army. She then continued her efforts on behalf of the South as a spy. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loreta_Janeta_Velazquez for a brief biography of this fascinating woman. Chas. Grosclaude was a celebrated Swiss watch and chronometer maker - for additional examples of his work and biographical information, see Antiquorum "Exceptional Horological Works of Art", Oct.19, 2002, lots 69 and 70. 19 October 2002", lots