Good Nicole & Capt keyless lever movement, circa 1870.
Slim pillarless three-quarter plate keyless movement (hunter set), with the improved earlier form of keyless winding and hand-setting as originally designed and patented by Nicole, with their two serial numbers stamped on the pillar-plate: 6472 and 6494. Single-roller detached lever escapement, the roller with triangular impulse jewel. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Perfect signed enamel dial with sunk seconds at 9. 43 mm diameter, 7.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Adolphe Nicole & Jules Capt, Patent No 10,348 of October 1844, manufacturers of the first successful keyless watches that could be wound and set without opening the case. See my site Glossary for more information about this most important and still vastly underrated London firm.
NB: When production was in full swing the pillar-plate of Nicole's watches will carry their own number stamps while the movement is usually engraved with the serial number of the retailer. Smaller retailers were, however, usually content to use the Nicole retail number, as here. The Nicole firm is unusual in using two serial numbers, the lower being what I consider the original production number, plus another somewhat higher number which was probably assigned to the movement on finishing/retailing. If so, there would have been at least two separate manufacturing books used by Nicole's, sadly neither of which have survived.
W, probably William Barker, 172 New Bond St, London, previously recorded as working in Clerkenwell.
Lacking hands and bevel winding bridge, as usual, otherwise in good complete and original condition. Not cleaned by me but will tick if wound.
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