Rare independent centre-seconds movement by this important watch manufacturer, circa 1880.
Fullplate fusee movement with single train, the independent centre-seconds working via a lever, at 4, acting with the motion work, with cap jewels on balance (diamond) and escape and rear hand set square, the 14-size Lancashire frame stamped J.W (Wycherely). Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Signed enamel dial, blued-steel hands. 43 mm diameter, 11.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Rotherhams were one of the most important Coventry based watch manufacturers and one of the first to bring American machine-made manufacture to England. This is a rare single-train independent c-secs - most use two trains. NB: Coventry based, but with a London office at this period, Rotherhams movements often bear 'London' on them as it was a more advantageous place name to use when marketing watches - as did George Daniels in much more recent times.
John Wycherly, one of the best and most famous Liverpool watch rough movement manufacturers, supplier to most of the best English finishers and retailers of his day. NB: Real manufactures, such Rotherhams, will have always bought in specialist movements from elsewhere if necessary
Hair cracks to dial, fully wound and probably with a broken or un-hooked mainspring. Otherwise complete and original but rather dirty, although it will tick if pressure is applied to the train - the independent train also complete and working. Sold as not working. The hands alone worth the price.
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