Unusual Patent centre-seconds stop/start watch.
Silver case hallmarked London 1884, casemaker JR (Rotherhams, Coventry). Three-quarter plate fusee movement jewelled at the centre (3rd) and on the balance, the stop/start action by a castle-type wheel operated via a button in the pendant, the 16-size frame stamped J.W (Wycherley) and C.H.E PATENT 5636. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Cream enamel single-sunk dial, gold hands. 53 mm diameter.
Charles Hutton Errington, Coventry, Patent No 5639, December 1881: an improved method of stopping and starting centre-seconds watches via the pendant. Later bought by H Williamson, the firm of Errington was one of the first successful machine-made watch manufacturers in the UK. This pre-dates the almost identical Patent No 8727, taken out by R Fennell in May 1889. Watches with this later patent, mostly bearing the name of E Wise, Manchester, are more common, but it is difficult to understand why this later Patent was granted.
NB. Although often called chronographs, this type of classic English watch is one with a stop/start (hacking) feature and does not zero the seconds hand. This was in order to set the watch exactly to time, such as with a longcase clock, something owners have mostly been able to do with all English centre-seconds watches since the time of George Graham - and something wearers of even the best pocket chronometers are unable to do,
I have seen very few of these movements in their original cases, plus it is most interesting to see this watch is a collaboration with the Rotherham firm. Dial with a few blemishes, otherwise in good original condition. Cleaned and guaranteed. Sold with a properly fitting key, if required.
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