Fine cylinder watch by the inventor, one of the best and most original examples to survive.
Silver pair case, the inner hallmarked 1750, casemaker IW under a star (John Ward), the outer not marked, which is not uncommon for silver cases at this period, and which is certainly original. Capped fullplate fusee movement of the very best London quality and finish, as would be expected of this firm, the cap scratch numbered inside, as usual, as is the outer case at the gout. Cylinder (dead-beat) escapement retaining the original banking via a pin in the cylinder. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Silver champleve dial, blued steel beetle & poker hands. 50 mm diameter.
George Graham, Fleet Street, London, justly famous maker and successor to Thomas Tompion, inventor and promoter of his own dead-beat escapements in both clocks and watches, and running one of the most influential workshops of any period (similar to that later run by Breguet), out of which most future developments in clock and watch making were to come.
From the Professor Graveson collection sold in Suffolk in 1995, subsequently purchased by Sir Harry Djanogly and sold at Sothebys in July 2017 - as shown in the book The English Watch... by Terence Camerer Cuss. NB: This watch features in a June 1967 AH advert by Camerer Cuss in which the hallmark is incorrectly given as 1738, and which confused Jeremy Evans when compiling and publishing his list of all known clocks and watches by Tompion and Graham.
In fine original condition and certainly one of the best surviving examples from Grahams cylinder series which began in 1725/6. Serviced and guaranteed.
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