WALES & McCULLOCH, 56 Cheapside, London. No 3645


Fine free-sprung watch with Kew A 'Especially Good' rating by this interesting firm.

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Very well made full hunter case almost certainly by Fred Thoms (the pendant is marked F.T), hallmarked London 1901, sponsor's mark WMcC (Wales & McCulloch). Keyless going-barrel half-plate movement with raised barrel, jewelled to the centre with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape, the top plate fully engraved: KEW A CERTIFICATE, ESPECIALLY GOOD, 80.2 MARKS. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Top quality compensation balance with quarter-timing nuts, free-sprung balance-spring with overcoil. Beautifully signed enamel dial in perfect condition, with original blued-steel hands of 'Maltese cross' shape, as favoured by this firm. 51 mm diameter.

Wales & McCulloch 'next door to bow church' watchmakers and retailers of repute, suppliers of many Deck Watches to the Admiralty, an 'explorers watch' to the Royal Geographical Society, and 1st Prize winners of the Greenwich Trial for centre-seconds chronometers (a tourbillion) in 1914.

Frederick Thoms, rightly known as the finest watch case maker of his day, this case bearing all the signs of his best work: the beautifully shaped olivette and joints with five knuckles, rather then the normal three. NB: It was normal for some retailers to insist that their own 'sponsor's stamp' was used.

Some general signs of use to case and movement. Otherwise in good original condition, the plain covers without any engraving, and with such a beautiful dial. Serviced and guaranteed.