This English pocket watch is a nice example of a very late pair case pocket watch. The heavy Sterling silver case consists of an outer case and inner case. Both cases are plain with no engraving. The movement is wound through the a hole in the back of the inner case. The hands are set with a key placed on the hands. The dial is enamel with black roman numerals and a subdial for the second hand at 6 o’clock. The movement is an English fusee lever movement. The movement swing out to the front, after pressing the little lever at 6 o’clock. The movement is covered by a metal dust cover.
This watch is in excellent condition for its age. The case is in very good condition, with some signs of wear and both cases have no dents. The dial is in very good condition, with no damage or hairlines. The hands are replaced during restoration, but are of the correct type and in good condition. The crystal is of the correct English type and is in very good condition with some very light scratches. The movement is in excellent condition, keeping time within 1 minute per day. The serial number matches the movement serial number and is therefore original. Of course, the movement is fully serviced and sold with a 1 year warranty.
English pocket watches were made in a system known as “the cottage industry”. Craftsmen specialised in the production of one single watch component, like mainsprings, fusee cones, gears of balance wheels. The components were adjusted and assembled by master watchmakers. All craftsmen would live in one of the watchmaking areas. English watches were considered to be of very high quality.