Stock No. : 0738

Daniel Quare
London, c1700
Silver & shell pair cases
Verge movement


An excellent example of a ‘wandering hour’ dial, in a wonderful shell and silver pin work outer case.

MOVEMENT : Signed (Quare, London) and numbered (1072). Gilded verge movement with engraved and pierced balance cock (unusually secured by 2 screws rather than a central screw). Wonderful pillars. Excellent original condition, with gilding still bright, and running well.

DIAL : 40.75 mm, champleve silver, ‘wandering hour’ dial, the hours indicated by the sun and moon markers on the revolving disk. A few light scratches but in overall beautiful condition. Blued steel ‘poker’ style single hand.

INNER CASE : 48.5 mm. No hallmarks (normal for a watch of this date). The high dome crystal is perfect. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely. The silver case is in good condition, with a few light bruises, some dents around the inner rim, and an old repair around the pendant. The pendant however is quite worn and the ring is a replacement

OUTER CASE : 55 mm. Silver and shell, with silver pin work. This is a wonderful case in exceptional condition. There is one small flake on the bezel and three light cracks across it. On the back there are four light cracks from the edge towards the centre (hardly visible). The pin work is fantastic and complete. The hinge and catch are fine and the case closes nicely. There appears to be no restoration on this case.

There are other known examples of ‘wandering hour’ watches by Daniel Quare, but this is a rare example.