Robt ATKINS, London. No 1922


Top quality capped & jewelled verge movement in lovely original condition, circa 1770.

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Capped fullplate fusee movement, the beautifully pierced and engraved cock with original diamond endstone. Verge (recoil) escapement, brass balance with original 4-turn balance-spring. Wonderful 'Roman & Arabic' enamel dial in almost perfect condition. 36.5 mm diameter, 16 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Robert Atkins, Palgrave Court, Temple Bar, son of and successor to Samuel Atkins, both watchmakers of repute. One of the 'new generation' of finely finished verge watches, the escapement having been given a boost by the publicity surrounding Harrison's H4 and his attempts to gain the full £20,000 Longitude Prize.

Apart from the missing hands, this movement has survived in almost mint condition, looking never to have been through the hands of any watches worst enemy - a poor watchmaker! The dial does have a slight 2mm long scratch, otherwise it is as fine an example of a London enamel dial I have handled. Not cleaned by me but will tick happily when wound.