Fine centre-seconds Royal Navy Deck Watch, with admiralty history.
Heavy silver case hallmarked Birmingham 1904, sponsor's mark WE (Ehrhardt). Three-quarter plate movement jewelled to the 3rd (centre), the top plate engraved with the Broad Arrow mark. Single-roller detached lever escapement, balance-spring with overcoil. Single sunk signed and numbered enamel dial, also with the Broad Arrow mark, blued-steel hands. 55.5 mm diameter. Together with a copy of its Royal Naval history.
William Ehrhardt (1831-1897), Time Works, Barr Street, Hockley, Birmingham, the business continued by his two sons William and Gustave, pioneers of machine-made watch production in England and suppliers of many Deck Watches to the Royal Navy. One of the least known but most interesting English watchmakers of his time, a pioneer of advanced manufacturing techniques and holder of numerous UK Patents. See also William Ehrhardt’s obituary, published in the Horological Journal, January 1898.
A good English Deck Watch, with a documented Royal Naval history that will be available in the ICI (International Chronometer Index) held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Dial with very small edge chip that does not show with the bezel is closed, the gilding a bit scruffy (as usual with these watches) and a light scratch showing on the top plate. Otherwise in fine original condition. Serviced and guaranteed.
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