A W PRIDHAM 'late BRUCE' 8 St Ann's Sq, Manchester. No 9053


£ 2,650.00

Fine free-sprung keyless fusee watch, with up/down indication.

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Gold openface case hallmarked 1871, casemaker JM (John Martin, Wynatt St, Clerkenwell). Half-plate reverse fusee movement jewelled to the 4th, with cap jewels on the balance (diamond), lever and escape. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, free-sprung balance-spring with overcoil. Perfect signed enamel dial with state-of-wind indication at 12, the dial signed for Bruce and Pridham at his then new premises in St Ann's Sq, the movement signed for Bruce and bearing his trademark of a bee - see pic. Blued-steel hands. 51 mm diameter.

A W Pridham, late Alexander Bruce, 26 St Ann's St, Manchester, retailer.

Case back with stylish TKH monogram, otherwise in fine original condition showing few signs of wear. NB: The dome of this watch is cut to allow winding by a key. This is not a latter change but just an indication that at this relatively early period (1870), English customers had still not learnt to trust fusee keyless work and many watches of the period allowed for winding by both button and key, as in this example. A lovely watch of the period, cleaned and guaranteed.