One of my favourites. The rear is engraved with the name "Garlen Fearnot" whilst the crystal is a lovely emerald green colour. One of my Clipper collection.
Changed the year as requested to 1939. Just as a point of order, do we go by case year or movement year for dating the watch?
I'll wager that the crystal was an option taken during purchase, especially if the engraving was done at the same time. I bought the watch because of the crystal colour and the engraving. To me, owning the watch is about a connection with the past owner(s) and even the people that made it. I love opening up the case backs and seeing those personal engravings, it shows just how treasured these items were.
It never ceases to amaze me that with a little coaxing, these watches can be brought back to life relatively easily.
In reply to Changed the year as requested by bobgpw
It's common to find watches and cases dated a year apart. In reality they could be only days apart considering the 'last week of December/first week of January' scenario. In these examples we will generally go with the newest of the two. To answer your question, we go by either one or the other, defaulting to the younger of the two. There are also movement date codes that were used twice. For those examples we can generally determine which is correct by judging the style of the case.