Unusual centre-seconds Lepine calibre watch, finished in London, circa 1826.
Good size plain polished silver case of typical Chinese market design, a separate silver rim to the movement holding the sprung silver dome, held in place in the two-piece 'outer' with a single latch, casemaker RD (probably Robert Dalton, City Rd, London), the hallmarks there but polished and unreadable. Typical Swiss Lepine/Fleurier calibre single plate movement with standing barrel and hand setting from the rear, finished in London with English jeweling to the 3rd and cap jewels on balance (diamond) and lever, the skeletonised train cock bearing what I believe to be the owners name and date: George Just, 1826. English single-roller detached lever escapement. Steel balance, spiral balance-spring. Lovely convex cream enamel dial in perfect condition, original matching gold hands. 56 mm diameter.
The latest edition of Britten records a George Just working in London from 1830-1842 selling mostly Chinese market Fleurier-type watches, often with movements in steel rather than gilt brass. This is almost certainly George Just (1801-1858) 'watchmaker' who was living at 14 Parkfield St, Islington at the time of the 1851 census. George was almost certainly the brother of Leonard Just 'watchmaker' who was living at 19 St John's Square, Clerkenwell. Leonard is rather better known for his Chinese market watches.
NB: One other Fleurier-type watch by Geo Just is known, this one dated AD 1840, so his watches carrying a date rather than a number would seem to be correct.
The case and movement showing some signs of use and age but generally in good original condition, especially the dial and typically Chinese-market style of hands; a fine and unusual Anglo/Swiss collaboration, possibly belonging to one of the London agents for the marketing of watches into China - all worthy of further research. Serviced and guaranteed.
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