Very rare hunter watch supplied by Nicole Nielsen, of their largest size.
Unusually large and heavy gold hunter case of dog-collar style with snap-on back, hallmarked London 1889, sponsor's mark EN (Emil Nielsen, 14 Soho Square). Unusual half-plate movement jewelled to the centre, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, of Bridgman's 'new caliper' with hanging barrel and bearing the NN number 10197 under the dial. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil and fine-adjustment regulator. Perfect signed enamel dial of Willis quality with 'tumbling' Arabic hour numerals, original matching blued-steel hands. 57 mm diameter, and weighing nearly 180 grams in total.
The firm of M F Dent, one of the leading London watch, chronometer and clock makers of the period - see the book on Edward John Dent and the various Dent firms by Vaudrey Mercer. This unusual caliper of movement specially designed for Nicole Nielsen by Richard Bridgman who was at one time with McCabes before joining the Charles Frodsham firm. He later, having been 'let go' by Frodsham, formed a partnership with Brindle during which some spectacular items, both clocks and watches, were made. See also Mercer The Frodshams page 206.
This 20-size hunter watch (Type 16) with standard movement is priced at £32 in Nicole Nielsen's High Class English Watches catalogue of circa 1900, my reprint of which accompanies the watch - if wanted.
All in very good original condition, showing few signs of wear and the covers without any previous engraving. The only example of this size of Bridgman movement known to me, and as fine an example of best London work as you can get - a watch for the connoisseur and one that needs to be 'seen' in the hand, photographs alone not doing it justice. Serviced and guaranteed.
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