Minute repeater - Swiss work


£ 345.00

Rare rough minute repeater movement, circa 1890, for the English market.

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Slim three-quarter plate Swiss made movement, in the English style for the English market, the slide-operated repeat work in place and fully finished, including the twin polished steel gongs.The train in place but no escapement, balance or balance-spring. The snap-on dial ring also in place ready to be fitted with its English dial. 46 mm diameter, only 9 mm deep, not including centre arbor.

This form of repeating movement, which I associate with the Swiss firm of Lecoultre, was a common import into the English market and most so-called 'English repeaters' of the second half of the 19th century are of this form - note the diamond pattern of keyless work screws showing on the top plate. Note also the minute marks on the movement surrounding the repeat work. This is so the watch can be timed accurately without the dial when being adjusted, a good idea that in my experience English repeating workers never followed. Most but not all such movements were 'scaped and dialled in the UK and the movements engraved and gilded to meet their English retailers requirements - the keyless work, however, cannot be disguised.

A rare survival in fine complete and original, if rather dusty, condition. Ideal as a record of hand skills long since passed, or a project for someone with the ambition and skill to finish.