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Our Vision - October 2017

Watch Grove

CONFERRO HERITAE

A COLLECTIBLE TO TREASURE


The Archive holds about 350,000 vintage newspapers, about 4 million vintage advertisements, dating back upto the19th century from not only India, but the world over, making it one of the largest and the most diverse private collections in the world, along with tens of thousands of books, magazines, cinematic memorabilia, vintage cars, watches, stamps, maps, vintage textile, fine art, tribal art and about 17,000 vinyl records to name a few.

THE RUGBY WATCH- A SWISS POCKET WATCH

One of the most special objects in this collection is a watch from the estate of Indian physicist, Homi Jehangir Bhabha and his brother Jamshed J Bhabha. The watch has a gold hunter case with a very thin glass over the dial. These are extremely fragile and thus very rare to find as they cannot be easily preserved.

The dial has Roman numerals for the 12-hour dial with Arabic numerals from 5- 60 for the minute hand. It also has a second’s dial at 6 O’clock. The case is intricately designed with a finely engraved beach landscape at the back. The case diameter is 50 mm with the crown.