LANCASHIRE WATCH Co Ltd. No 747416

19120

Very rare early English wristwatch by this interesting company.

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American supplied Keystone Watch Case Co silver case with jointed back and snap-on bezel, import hallmarked, date letter rubbed but most likely 1915, English sponsors mark MAH (Marc Alfred Holland, Holborn Viaduct, London). LWCo split three-quarter plate keyless movement with visible winding wheels in the Glashutte style. Straight line, club-tooth detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Lovely two-colour signed enamel dial in perfect condition, blued-steel hands.

Much has been written about the Lancashire Watch Company which failed in 1910 but the administrators continued to supply movements for casing. Being one of the vey few English companies at the time making such small movements, these can sometimes be found cased up as wristwatches. Surviving examples of any date are rare and I have seen less than ten examples in forty years of looking, most of which had damaged dials, unlike this example.


NB: The American made case of this watch may seem puzzling but at this early period of the war, wristwatch cases will have been in high demand and it may be no coinsidence that the London office of the Lancashire Watch Company was at Holborn Viaduct, as was those of the English importers of the case, M A Holland.


General signs of wear, but not at all bad and better than just about all those I have seen. Serviced for its previous owner and looks to be working well, but can be freshly serviced if wanted - likely cost around £150 plus parts.


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