Centre-seconds 'doctor's watch' with lovely dial and hands, circa 1800.
Gilt-metal paircase with near contemporary but incomplete watchpaper, casemaker WD (probably William Dawson, Gutter Lane, London). Fullplate fusee movement with diamond endstone in a raised setting showing through the signed and numbered cap, with beautifully engraved cock and slide-plate, and with a balance-brake operated by a lever at 3. Cylinder (deadbeat) escapement, with 15-tooth brass escape. Beautifully signed enamel dial in near perfect condition, with hour and minute chapter at 12, a layout known as a 'doctor's dial.' Matching gold hands, the cranked centre-seconds a work of art in its own right. 58 mm diameter.
Thomas Collett, watchmaker, recorded by Baillie as working in Acton up to 1824.
The knowledge of correct horological terminology seems to diminish every decade, but with the advent of eBay and the willingness of sellers to copy others mistakes when chasing higher bids, the problem has accelerated to the point that any watch with a balance-brake is now incorrectly, and inappropriately, called a 'doctor's watch.' The dial layout of this watch is the only one that is correct for the term and even then it is most unlikely that the vast majority of such watches were sold to, or used by, doctors. That said, it is a most attractive layout, made more so when so well signed and with the original style of centre-seconds hand - these rarely survive intact.
Some wear to the gilding on the case and the dial with just a few minor scratches. Otherwise a fine and beautifully signed example of this rare calliper of centre-seconds watch, fitted with brand new high-dome (non bullseye) glass. Serviced and guaranteed.
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