Gold Repeater by Vulliamy

Stock No. 1716

Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy
London, 1842
Gold case, 45 mm.
Lever escapement, half quarter repeat


A fine quality 19th century London repeating lever gold watch, by an excellent maker.  FOR REPAIR.

WATCH MOVEMENT : Fully jewelled lever movement, with compensated bi metallic balance wheel. Signed on the balance cock :

VULLIAMY, LONDON, with serial code ‘mzoc’.

This movement is in good condition with no noticeable scratches. It is running well.

REPEATING MOVEMENT : Single gong and hammer, striking once for each hour, then a gap and finally once for every half quarter (7.5 minutes). Activated by a slide on the band.

The repeat is not operating. I believe that this is due to a broken spring which should allow the click to be raised and lowered. This (with a lower spring which is complete) controls whether the strike wheel teeth engage the click or not. See photos. By pressing the click down manually while activating the repeat, the movement chimes the correct number of hours, but all of the half quarters.
The springs should disable the chimes after the correct number of half quarters.

DIAL : Silver dial, with subsidiary seconds. Engine turned centre and black numerals.

A bit worn and scratched. On either side of the numeral X11 is a very worn signature, which I believe reads VULLIAMY, LUNDON.

Matching blued steel hands.

CASE : Gold, with London hallmarks for 18ct., 1842, maker’s mark GH. Milled edge to the band. The inner cuvette has matching gold marks and is marked :


All in good condition, with some light scratches but no significant wear.  Synthetic crystal.

In 1854 upon the death of Benjamin Lewis Vulliamy, Charles Frodsham purchased the goodwill of the Vulliamy business. It is interesting that this case is signed for Frodsham, although hallmarked for 1842. Perhaps the Frodsham name was added to the case in 1854.

The case maker is probably Gustavus Huguenin of Ashby Street, Clerkenwell.