DENT ‘Watchmaker to the Queen’ 61 Strand & 34 Royal Exchange, London. No 33576


Top quality Nicole & Capt keyless lever movement, circa 1870.

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Three-quarter plate (openface set), pillar-less going-barrel movement with Nicole's classic keyless work, jewelled to the 3rd with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, the frame stamped with Nicole's twin serial numbers 5934 and 6040. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial. 42 mm diameter, 7.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

The firm of E J Dent, London, one of the most important English watch, clock and chronometer makers of the second half of the 19th century.

Nicole & Capt, later Nicole, Nielsen & Co, were the foremost London watchmakers of the second half of the 19th century, supplying many of the finest watches to retailers such as Frodsham, Dent, Smith & Son, and many others. See my reprint of a Nicole Nielsen High-Class English Watches trade catalogue, and also my site Glossary for more information about this most important and still underrated London firm. 

NB: Adolphe Nicole, Patent No 10,348 of October 1844, includes, amongst other important features, the first commercially successful keyless work for both going-barrel and fusee watches, 

Dial cracked and lacking hands, otherwise in good but rather dusty original condition. Not cleaned by me but tries to tick when wound. Sold as not working.