Important gold pair cased cylinder by George Graham

Stock No. 1592

George Graham & Thomas Colley
London, c1752
Gold pair cases, 49 mm.
Cylinder escapement


An important cylinder watch by George Graham and his apprentice and later successor, Thomas Colley, in fine gold pair cases. Made about the time of Graham’s death which was in 1751.

MOVEMENT : Gilt cylinder movement, with engraved and pierced balance cock, large diamond endstone,  four square pillars, and blued screws.

Signed and numbered (6618).

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

DIAL : Fine white enamel dial, almost perfect with just two small chips around the opening catch. Probably slighter later than the watch.

Nice original 18th century blued steel beetle and poker hands.

INNER CASE : 22ct gold, with clear London hallmarks for 1755, maker’s mark SG (with fish above).

In good condition throughout. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.
The high dome crystal is perfect.

OUTER CASE : 22ct. gold pair case with almost matching hallmarks to the inner (maker SG but 2 years later at 1757).

Again in good condition, with just some very light bruises.. The hinge, catch and catch button are all fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly.

The gold cases weigh about 60 gms., excluding movement and crystal.

The watch has a few features typical of George Graham. These include the serial number repeated under the balance cock (see photo), a square section hairspring pin, and the fine quality of the engraving

George Graham took on Thomas Colley as apprentice. Graham died in 1751 after which Colley succeeded.

REFERENCE : This watch is listed in ‘Thomas Tompion 300 Years’, by Jeremy Evans, Jonathan Carter and Ben Wright. This recent and wonderful reference book documents Tompion and Graham watches. Thomas Colley watches are also listed, as successor to Graham.

This watch (No. 6618) is the only listed example which is signed by both Graham and Colley, and is possibly unique. The serial number indicates a date of around 1752, so this watch was probably completed very shortly after Graham’s death and cased a few years later.

The case maker is Stephen Goujon, who had premises at Porter Street, Newport Alley, London.