ROTHERHAMS, Coventry. No 34654


Most unusual extra large watch from this famous manufacturer, with unique(?) dial.

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Heavy double-back silver case hallmarked Birmingham 1910, sponsor's mark JR (John Rotherham). Typical three-quarter plate ‘super grade’ movement, jewelled to the 3rd, but much larger than usual, the pillar-plate numbered 31558 and stamped PLAYER. Single-roller detached escapement with ratchet-tooth escape, the classic English lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, additionally signed in red enamel EDMUND.J.JONES, with original blued-steel hands of bold dimensions. 71 mm diameter and weighing 320 grams. Shown with a suitable silver single-Albert graduated curb-link chain of matching large dimensions, hallmarked London 1892. Total length, with drop and silver fob with un-engraved 9ct gold plaque, 16.5 inches and weighs 103 grams

Rotherham & Sons Ltd, 27 Spon Street, Coventry, with offices at 1,2 & 3, Holborn Circus, London, the UK’s premier volume watch manufacturer at this period, both pocket and wristwatches. Player presumably supplied the unusual size of rough movement or perhaps had a hand in its finishing. Just which Player is open to conjecture, the most famous in Coventry being Joseph Player. Add to this the name of Edmund J Jones and this watch poses two intriguing puzzles waiting to be cracked.

Thick crystal glass with small edge chip and some scratches, otherwise in fine original condition showing only a few signs of wear. Serviced for its previous owner and guaranteed. The chain, if purchased with the watch, is priced at £145.