Early cylinder by George Graham

Stock No. 1629

George Graham
London, c1732
Silver case, 47 mm
Cylinder escapement


An early cylinder movement by the great George Graham, in a later silver case and later dial.

MOVEMENT : Gilt cylinder movement, fully signed and numbered (5466). Diamond endstone and four Egyptian pillars. Finely engraved balance cock, with the serial number repeated under the neck (and dial plate).

The movement is protected by a removable gilt dustcap.

In good condition throughout with just some scratches around the pillar tops. It is running well.

DIAL : Later white enamel dial in poor condition.

Hairlines on the edge between 2 and 4, another light crack between 6 and 7, and some scratches.

Good 18th century blued steel beetle and poker hands.

CASE : Later silver case, with London hallmarks for 1816.

A heavy case in good condition with just a couple of bruises around the rim of the back. The hinges are fine and the bezel snaps shut correctly. The high dome bull’s eye crystal is good with just one chip right on the bezel at 1

George Graham

The serial number of the movement dates it to about 1732, by which time George Graham had switched from verge to cylinder movements.

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

The case and dial were probably both added at the same time in the early 19th century.