A mint and very substantial drum shaped case, solid silver English, chain fusee Massey 5 lever pocket watch made by S. Weatherbilt of Liverpool in the early 19th century, 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 1825. 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: 100% mint, with a solid silver dial with fine raised gold Roman Roman numerals with engine turned decoration to the dial. The dial with silver minute markers to the outside edge and hour dot markers. Dial with gold Breguet moon hands. Diameter is 47 mm. The glass is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with finely mercurial gilded full plate and large finely engraved balance cock, engraved, "detached". A shiny blued steel Bosley regulator, and substantial diamond endstone setting, blue steel screws. An uncut three arm solid 9k gold balance, with flat hairspring and jewelled to the balance staff and escape wheel and through the train with Liverpool "windows". 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 fully jewelled and finely engraved. 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. The movement overhaul in superb order showing little wear and excellent gilding to the plates and dust cover. The movement signed by the maker, S. Weatherbilt of Liverpool and number 649
THE CASE: 100% mint, the very substantial and original solid silver drum shaped case measures an impressive 53 mm outside diameter. 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 fine ribbed case band. The case with the silver sponsor mark of " R. G.". 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 scratches and the rear cover with a shield and garter to the centre and crisp rose engine turning. This is a high quality and very rare watch, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition. This watch has clearly had a sheltered life and was kept just for "Sunday Best", hence its fine overall condition.