Hector GOLAY, London


Very rare chronograph rough movement, ready for final finishing, circa 1890.

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Golay Patent three-quarter plate movement, the top plate with raised barrel and complete with finished chronograph train and rocking-bar keyless work, the train planted but not the escapement, the cock with fine adjustment regulator as fitted to their best work. 44 mm diameter.

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 counter and fine adjustment for regulation, is exactly as shown in Golay’s trade catalogue of circa 1885 and is part of the material left over after C H Golay retired in 1911 - it remains in the same paper as then wrapped.

NB: For anyone considering perhaps finishing a small run of these chronograph movements, please get in touch as I may be able to help. Please also note that Golay claimed interchangeability of his movements so if anyone has one of his chronographs needing repair, this is both the best and cheapest way of achieving it.

In very good original condition, a rare survival and a document of past English manufacturing practice of some importance - more so than any finished watch.