The liftarm hinged watch panel model dunhill was invented by leon bolle of switzerland in 1926 with the smokestack windscreen design created in 1927 by wise & greenwood of london. The unusual racetrack shape oval windscreen is considered the most important windproof lighter design of the 20th century.
The dunhill was manufactured by la nationale of switzerland who were luxury watch makers and were contacted by alfred dunhill of london. La nationale manufactured all the vintage swiss dunhill lighters and were alfred dunhill's most important luxury swiss workshop. Swiss la nationale dunhills are considered the finest quality of all the dunhill workshops. The lighter is missing its original loop for chain attachment which can easily be replaced.
The lighter is hallmarked 925 sterling in numerous places and has matching work numbers. The underside hallmarks have letter "M" for 1927. I have shown a 1927 dunhill catalogue watch lighter page and photos of sport with watch from the bottoni dunhill lighter book. The high quality dunhill B size sport measures about 2-1/8" tall x 1-3/4" across x 5/8 wide and is in very good used sparking condition.
The body has mild blotchy tarnish and some old caked polish remnants near mechanism that will clean. The lighter will sparkle once properly polished. The snuffer cap has initials plus slight bend which does not really detract. The dunhill is quite striking and feels great to hold in hand. Overall - an important rare 1927 alfred dunhill sterling silver sport windproof liftarm watch lighter for your collection. The photos show reflections and the dunhill lighter looks better in person. Dunhill sterling liftarm watch lighters come in many sizes - shapes and designs and this sport B model is a one of the finest known. It is extremely rare to find luxury 1920's dunhill liftarm sport silver watch lighters without dings and dents. Patents - ad - book photos not included in sale.
PLEASE VIEW MY "LARRY LIGHTER" VINTAGE LIGHTER POSTS ON FACEBOOK. Philippines-turkey -mideast- central - south america. Please make sure to read my vintage lighter articles on the internet and in blaze lighter magazine. The item "Rare 1927 art deco dunhill sterling silver sport windproof petrol watch lighter" is in sale since Monday, March 9, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Tobacciana\Lighters\Dunhill".
The seller is "bakelight" and is located in Westport, Connecticut. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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- Country/Region of Manufacture: Switzerland