This is a substantial quarter repeater, with duplex movement, by a good London maker, in a wonderful heavy gold case.
MOVEMENT : Duplex movement with interesting bi-metallic temperature compensation. Good condition though some tarnishing on the mainspring barrel. The watch and repeating functions are both working correctly, and the repeat has a clear and loud chime.
DIAL : The gold, engine turned dial, with applied gold numerals, is in good condition with just some light scratches. The gold hands (hour and minute) and the blued steel second hand are fine.
CASE : The good quality, heavy gold case is hallmarked for 18ct gold, London, 1806, maker’s mark LC. The inner back cover is solid gold (these are usually brass) and is marked “HAWLEY’S LONDON NO. 812”. The outer back gold cover is hallmarked with engine turned engraving on the outside.
The gold is in excellent condition with very little wear, just a little around the edge of the engine turning on the back. All of the hinges are fine and the covers and bezel all close correctly. The mineral glass crystal is fine.
The case is 55.75 mm in diameter (excluding the crown) and the watch (including movement) weights 145 gms.
This watch is probably by John Hawley of Coventry Street, London, listed between 1805 and 1808.