MOVEMENT : Fine gilded verge fusee movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock. Signed “J. Windmills, London”. All appears to be original and it is running well. Excellent condition.
DIAL : Later white enamel (mid 18th century), 39.5 mm in diameter. It is in good condition, with some surface scratches, a couple of small flakes at the centre and minor damage at 6 o’clock. Nice early hands.
INNER CASE : Silver, 50 mm in diameter. Maker’s mark WT? and number 2874. A few light bruises but good overall condition, The hinge is fine and the case snaps shut nicely. Later pendant and bow. Good high dome bull’s eye crystal with some very light scratches but no other damage.
OUTER CASE : Silver, 56.5 mm in diameter. No marks. Good hinge and catch but the case has been significantly repaired with wear to the base filled and polished.
Loomes lists Joseph Windmills in London from 1671. Windmills signed his watches as “Joseph Windmills” only up until about 1695, so this watch dates to about 1700.