A wonderful, early 18th century, London verge, in repousse gold cases, with gold champleve dial, and quarter repeating mechanism.
MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with finely engraved and pierced balance cock. Four baluster pillars, blued screws, polished steel hammers, and silver regulator disk. Signed (Jacob Garon, LONDON) and numbered (117). The top plate has a series of small punch marks, under the balance cock, which mark the position of the hairspring (see photo). This is a very unusual feature.
The movement is protected by a removable silver dustcap, signed and numbered as the movement.
All in very good, complete condition and running well. The repeat mechanism is also functioning correctly.
DIAL : Beautiful gold champleve signed dial. All in fine condition. Good 18th century blued steel beetle and poker hands.
On the edge of the dial, at 7 o’clock there is a small steel lever. This is the ‘pulse piece’ which should allow the repeat chime to be dulled. This lever has worn a bit short so doesn’t deaden the chime as it should.
INNER CASE : 22ct gold, with London hallmarks for 1732. Beautifully engraved and pierced.
The case is in excellent condition. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut nicely. The high dome crystal is also fine.
The steel bell is attached to this inner case. This shows an old repair to a crack (see photo), although the sound is still good and not affected.
OUTER CASE : 22ct. gold repousse pair case, pierced and decorated with a battle scene on the back, and portraits in cartouches around the band. The bezel shows winged creatures.
In very good condition, with just some very minor wear to the high points but no holes.
The catch, catch button and hinge are fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
A letter of sale for this watch, dated 1934, is included. From an Oxford antiquary, to the buyer.