A mint and very substantial drum shaped case, solid silver English, chain fusee Massey 5 lever pocket watch made in London in the early 19th century, with a slow beat escapement, a very rare watch indeed. The movement ticking away very strongly and keeps good time, and just cleaned and overhaul by my watch-maker. This is a beautifully made English key-wound mans substantial fusee Massey 5 pocket watch, dating from 1820. The watch is clearly marked silver and in its original period case. The watch is in full working order and comes complete with a key for winding and presentation box.
THE DIAL: 96% mint, with the ivory enamel dial with fine black Roman Roman numerals with no hairlines and two tiny edge chips, fully hidden by the silver bezel. The dial with black minute markers to the outside edge and hour dot markers. Dial with blue steel spade hands. Diameter is 49 mm. The glass is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with finely mercurial gilded full plate and lareg unusual shaped balance cock. A shiny blued steel Bosley regulator, and substantial ruby endstone setting, blue steel screws. An uncut three arm steel balance, with flat hairspring and jewelled to the balance staff and escape wheel. The watch a typical Massey lever with ruby jewel in front as shown. The escapement in very good condition. The movement with lots of nice features such as an extended fusee ratchet spring, and Harrison's maintaining power and marked "Warranted" and "Detached". On the movement top plate it is numbered, 220 and signed Sluce of London. The watch is key-wound, and set through the back and comes with a key. The movement with original gilt dust cover which closes tight onto the movement, one post end gone. The movement overhaul in superb order showing little wear and excellent gilding to the plates and dust cover.
THE CASE: 98% mint, the very substantial and original solid silver drum shaped case measures an impressive 56 mm outside diameter and a total thickness of 25 mm. The hinges are excellent with the case covers all closing tightly, and the bow is original to the case. The watch case with London hall marks and sterling stamps. This is a very good quality case, with a rubbed ribbed case band. The case with the silver sponsor mark of " GE". The top pendant and bow also in fine condition. The rear cover pops open when the top pendant button is firmly depressed and the rear hinge nice and tight. The inner dust cover with a few small dings and the rear cover with a monogram to the centre. This is a high quality and very rare watch, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition, and of the early transtional type with the movement hinged at 9.00, rather than the normal 12.00 as seen on watches just 5 years or so later. This watch has clearly had a sheltered life and was most likely kept just for "Sunday Best", hence its near mint and immaculate condition.