Rare all-English keyless quarter-repeating rough movement, circa 1890.
Golay Patent half-plate movement, the top plate with raised barrel and complete with finished keyless work and repeating train which is mounted to be under the dial, the wheel train planted but not the escapement. 43.5 mm diameter.
Charles Hector Golay, 46 Myddleton Square, London, Patent No 12417, October 1885. Swiss born (the Jura) but working most of his life in London, Golay was the main manufacturer, along with Nicole, Nielsen & Co, of the very best British made complicated watch work at the latter part of the 19th century. This quarter-repeating movement is exactly as the minute-repeater shown in Golay’s trade catalogue of circa 1885 and is part of the material left over after C H Golay retired in 1911 - his quarter repeaters are rarely seen. NB: For anyone considering perhaps finishing a small run of these English complicated movements, please get in touch as I may be able to help.
In good original condition, a rare survival and a document of past English manufacturing practice of some importance – more so than any finished watch.
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