J S WATSON, Beeford. No 1912


£ 195.00

'WATSONS IMPROVED PATENT' an intriguing mystery, circa 1880.

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Fullplate movement with rim cap, the going-barrel of fixed barrel form which is permanently attached to the barrel-bar, the barrel arbor being separately connected to the great wheel. Single-roller detatched lever escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Perfect enamel dial signed  WATSONS IMPROVED PATENT, gold hour hand. 47 mm diameter, 15.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

J S Watson is not recorded in any reference work I know and Beeford is a small village in the East Riding of Yorkshire. I can find no Patent of this description taken out by anyone of the name Watson, although the fact that the cock foot is stamped J.S.W 79 would seem to indicate a serious and sophisticated manufacturing process.

NB: While this lack of information on Watson promises an interesting time for anyone willing to undertake further research, I should mention that the barrel in this movement fits the description of the Patent No 15,576 taken out by J Burr in October 1889.

A rare and unusual English movement. Minute hand, winding pipe and rim cap screws lacking, and staff pivot broken. Otherwise looks to be complete and in good if somewhat dirty condition. Not working.