Fine mid-Georgian watch in wonderful original condition, with provenance.
Beautifully engraved single gold case hallmarked 1772, casemaker PM (Peter Mounier), with contemporary glazed gilt-metal outer, leather covered and pinned. Capped fullplate fusee movement with typical best London quality engraved cock and slide-plate. Cylinder (dead-beat) escapement with 13-tooth brass escape, retaining the original cylinder with Graham-type banking. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Beautiful signed convex Roman & Arabic enamel dial and gold beetle & poker hands. Gold case 48 mm diameter, with glazed outer 54.5 mm.
William Allam, watch and clockmaker, member of the Clockmakers' Company 1745-83, with examples of his work in many museums, and probably working in Fleet Street at this period.
Peter Mounier, Frith Street, Soho, among the best watch case makers of the period, maker of many cases for Thomas Mudge, including that of the first lever watch - 'the Queen's watch'
NB: The unusual outer has been made for the watch and was almost certainly supplied to order for its original owner. This has meant that the engraved gold case with its delicate JC monogram has survived in almost unworn condition - I have never seen better.
From the collection of the late John Moon (1924-2018). John was a delightful and cheerful character, an early member of the Antiquarian Horological Society and an avid collector of pocket watches which he both cherished and wore. Wherever possible these had to be in the best of condition and this example is certainly one of his finest. Sold with John's notes concerning this watch and a copy of the auction catalogue featuring the sale of his collection as well as a short appreciation.
The dial with a few firing cracks showing at the curved edge and two gilt pins lacking from the outer. Otherwise in wonderful original condition, the dial showing not a single blemish at the hole for the winding square, and wonderful in the hand - a fine watch. Serviced and guaranteed.
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