Early verge by Vindemil, London

Stock No. 1541

Vindemil
London, c1710
Silver pair cases, 56 mm
Verge escapement

Price £1250

A large early verge, in silver pair cases and later dial.

MOVEMENT : Good quality verge movement, fully signed and numbered. Large balance cock, wonderfully engraved and pierced with two birds and two masks. Four fine Egyptian pillars.
All in good original condition and running well.

Signed “Vindemil, London” and numbered “423”.

DIAL : Later white enamel dial (probably late 18thc or early 19thc), in reasonable condition with no repairs but four light hairlines radiating from the centre.

Fancy gilt hands, the hour possibly repaired at the base.

INNER CASE : Silver, with rubbed maker’s mark IG? under a crown.

The hinge and high dome bull’s eye crystal are fine and the case closes correctly. The silver is in good condition with just the usual compression around the band.

The bow is slightly distorted and the pendant is a brass replacement.

OUTER CASE : Silver, with no maker’s marks visible.

The silver is in good condition with just some very minor bruises.
The hinge has one broken sleeve, but still holds the bezel correctly.
The catch and catch button are absent.

We have previously sold one other watch by Vindemil, with an almost identical movement, and a slightly lower serial number :

Vindemil

An alarm watch by Vindemil was sold by Dr. Crott Auctions (Frankfurt) in 2014 (lot 223). It was dated to around 1710, and also marked London, though the auctioneer suggested southern Germany as an origin.