Hector GOLAY No 6344, for the ARMY & NAVY Stores, London


Fine free-sprung English made 'interchangeable' chronograph movement, circa 1890.

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Golay Patent keyless (hunter set) half-plate movement jewelled to the centre with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape, the top plate with raised barrel, the chronograph work mounted under the dial. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Top quality compensation balance with quarter-timing nuts, free-sprung balance-spring with overcoil. Snap-on numbered enamel dial with 60-minute register in perfect condition. 44.5 mm diameter, 11.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

Charles Hector Golay, 46 Myddleton Square, London, Patent No 12417, October 1885. Swiss born (the Jura) but working most of his life in London, Golay was the main manufacturer, along with Nicole, Nielsen & Co, of the best British made complicated watch work at the latter part of the 19th century. This chronograph movement with minute register, is shown in Golay’s trade catalogue of circa 1885 in which they are described as made on the interchangeable system, thus a lever and pallet frame should be suitable if similar movement is found

The Army & Navy Co-operative Society Ltd, 105 Victoria Street, London, running their own very good quality watchmaking department as well as buying in the best work from others.

Lacking the lever with its pallet frame, all hands and balance pivot broken, and priced accordingly. Otherwise complete and in lovely condition, a fine example of best London work. Not working.