REID & Sons, Newcastle upon Tyne. No 37488
Very rare movement with three diamond endstones, circa 1900. Coventry finished half-plate keyless going-barrel movement with fine adjustment regulator, the 16-size frame stamped JP (Joseph Preston), jewelled to the centre with diamond endstones on balance, lever and escape - see pic. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Perfect off-white enamel dial signed WILLIS on the reverse, with lovely original 'Coventry' blued-steel fleur-de-lis hands. 44.5 mm diameter, 8.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Reid & Sons 'Makers to the Lords of the Admiralty' Newcastle-upon-Tyne, retailers of often top quality and interesting clocks, watches and chronometers.
Joseph Preston, Prescot, the most famous of Liverpool watch rough movement manufacturers, supplier to all the best English finishers and retailers of his day.
Thomas Willis, London, the best known and one of the finest makers of enamel dials of his day.
A most rare and stylish English movement that I have recorded as being in its gold case hallmarked 1902, when sold as a complete watch in 1983 - scrappers! Now with a trace of rust to the boss of the hands and a few light scratches to the movement, otherwise complete and in good original condition. Not cleaned by me but will tick easily when wound.