Good early split-second chronograph (rattrapante) retailed in England, circa 1895.
Substantial Swiss double back silver case with gold features, numbered as the movement and stamped 0.935, casemaker CG. Pale gilt three-quarter plate keyless movement with the chronograph work on the top plate, and bearing the English PATENT No 8508. Straight line detached lever escapement, with polished steel club-tooth escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Fine English quality enamel dial with 60-minute counter at 12, in perfect condition, original blued-steel hands. 54 mm diameter.
Longines, St Imier, Swizerland, one of the most venerable Swiss companies, with a long association with Alfred Baume & Company who were their main importers into England.
Baume & Co, 21 Hatton Garden, London, and 279 George St, Sydney, agents for Longines in the UK and Australia. English Patent No 8508, May 1889. A variation on the split-seconds action in which the first hand can be stopped and returned to the moving hand by the side push at 11, the second hand stopped and both hands zeroed by pressing the pendant. The pendant is also used to start both hands.
Case with elaborate monogram showing some wear, otherwise In fine original condition showing few signs of use, and certainly retailed by Smith & Son in London, their name and details having been originally painted on the dial. Serviced and guaranteed.
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