A fine lever escapement pocket watch, in gold pair cases, by the John Arnold.
MOVEMENT : Gilt lever movement, with split and compensated bi-metallic balance. Finely engraved balance cock with diamond endstone. and four round pillars.
The movement is protected by a removable gilt dust ring.
Signed “Arnold, London” and numbered “3258”.
In very good condition with just some light scratches to the screws and pillar tops. Running well.
DIAL : White enamel, with seconds subsidiary dial. Stop lever at 4 o’clock. Gilt spade hands.
Good condition, with just a small chip on the edge at 6, and a light hairline between 1 and 2.
INNER CASE : 18ct gold, with London hallmarks for 1806, maker’s mark WW.
The gold is in good condition with just some very light scratches and one small dent on the back. The hinge and crystal are fine, and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
OUTER CASE : 18ct gold, with matching marks to the inner. Again, in good condition with just some very light scratches and one small dent on the back. The hinge and catch are fine and the bezel closes correctly.
John Roger Arnold, of The Strand, London was one of the most prestigious London makers of the late 18th and early 19th century, specialising in fine watches and chronometers. He was apprenticed to Abraham Louis Breguet, and is recorded in the Clockmakers Company from 1796. He died in 1843.