Gold & Enamel Watch by Alex Wilson

Stock No. 1405
Alexander Wilson
London, 1786
Gold & enamel pair cases, 48 mm.
Verge escapement


A fine late 18th century London verge, in beautifully enamelled gold cases.

MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with beautifully engraved and pierced wheel balance cock. Diamond endstone, four round pillars, silver regulator disk and clean blued screws. Signed (Alex Wilson, LONDON) and numbered (815).

There are two steels posts on either side of the top plate which would have originally held a removable gilt dustcap. This is now absent..

This movement is in very good condition, and is running well.

DIAL : Fine white enamel dial in almost perfect condition, with just a few very light scratches. Beautiful matching gold hands.

INNER CASE : 22ct gold, with clear London hallmarks for 1786, maker’s mark IM, and movement serial number 815.
In good condition with just some very light bruises to the back. The bow and stem are original and have not been reattached, but there is some wear to the gold covering on the top of the stem.

The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut perfectly. The high dome crystal is also fine.

OUTER CASE : A wonderful 22ct. gold pair case with enamel decoration to the band and bezel and an enamel guilloche panel to the back. Matching hallmarks to the inner.

In very good condition throughout with just a little wear to the bezel at the catch and some very light scratches to the enamel. The catch and hinge are fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.

Alexander Wilson is listed at Drury Lane, London, from before 1772, and in the Clockmakers Company between 1781 and 1794.