Good late keyless movement by this top London firm, circa 1895.
Three-quarter plate pillar-less movement (hunter set) jewelled to the centre with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, the frame stamped with Nicole's new-series serial number 1906. Single-roller detached lever escapement with Nicole's adjustable single-pin banking. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Snap-on signed enamel dial, gilt hands. 42.5 mm diameter, 9 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Robert Roskell, famous watch, clock and chronometer maker, one of the most influential of Lancashire watch manufacturers. They formed an association with the London firm of Nicole Nielsen at the end of the 19th century, an association that also allowed Roskell to use Nicole's London Street address.
Nicole, Nielsen & Co were the foremost London watchmakers of the second half of the 19th century, supplying many of the finest chronographs, repeaters and tourbillion watches to retailers such as Frodsham, Dent, Smith & Son, and Roskell. See my reprint of a Nicole Nielsen trade catalogue and my site Glossary for more information about this most important London firm.
Dial with the usual hair crack and all hands look to be replacements, otherwise in good original condition. Not cleaned by me but will tick happily if pressure is applied to the train.
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