G E FRODSHAM, Gracechurch St, London. No 12454


Fine lever-set keyless minute repeating movement with minute and seconds chronograph, circa 1900.

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English-style three-quarter plate movement jewelled to the centre, with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape, the keyless work I associate with the Swiss firm of Lecoultre, with the chronograph work mounted on the top plate, and the minute repeating train mounted under the dial operating on two intact polished steel gongs. English-style detached lever escapement with ratchet-tooth escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil.  Lovely 3-piece signed enamel dial, blued-steel half-hunter hour hand. 44.5 mm diameter, 11.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

George Edward Frodsham, watch, clock and chronometer retailer - see the book on the various Frodsham firms by Vaudrey Mercer. 

NB: Many English repeating and chronograph movements were finished from imported Swiss rough movements (ebauches), this example, possibly by Lecoultre, being of very good quality. Similar complete watches regularly command prices in excess of £5000

Lacking hands and the dial with the smallest of edge chips in the seconds bit which is now not properly cemented in. Otherwise in good original condition, complete with its original stem and gold shelled button, and the American-style gold tipped setting lever. Not cleaned by me and all rather dirty, with the repeating train seized, but the chronograph will operate and it will tick if wound. Sold as not working.