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1897 Manchester Fusee Chronograph

A near mint and rare solid 18k gold, 20-sized key-wind English fusee lever centre seconds chronograph pocket watch, and ticking away very strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping good time. The watch recently cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker. The watch signed by the well known watch makers Charles Cushelson of Manchester. This watch is the epitome of the late 19th century gentleman's watch in a heavy solid double skinned case and the movement fully jewelled and capped with 19 jewels and comes with a key. This is a beautifully made English key-wound man's watch, dating from ca. 1897, from the late Victorian period.



THE DIAL: 100% mint, the cream colored enamel dial with black Roman numerals and in bright condition with no chips or hairlines. The dial with gold spade hands and blue centre seconds hand. Diameter is 52 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition.





THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with gilt three quarter plate and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. A cut two arm bimetallic balance, with hairspring and club tooth lever escapement. The movement overall of good quality and jewelled to the balance staff and through the train with 19 jewels, so very high quality work indeed. Several jewels also set into bouchons and held in place by screws. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time for a 120 year old watch. The watch with number 58988. The watch comes with a period winding key for winding and hands set. The watch fully signed, Charles Cushelson of Manchester. The watch typically for late English work winds in an anti-clock wise direction, as for a fusee, traditionalism till the end.



THE CASE: 100% mint, the solid 18k gold double skinned case measures an impressive 58 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are hinged and close nice and tightly. The case with Chester hall-marks and gold hall marks. The case sponsor mark of "S.Y." for Frederick Samuel Yeoman, of 48, Spon Street, Coventry and case number of 58988. The case with crisp and sharp engine turning to the case band, and with a shield and garter to centre and the odd tiny ding as shown. The case with a finely ribbed case band in very good order. The solid silver inner dust cuvette, marked for "set hands" to hand-set arbor hole and "wind up" for winding arbor hole. This is a high quality watch, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.


This product was added to our catalog on Monday 19 May, 2008.
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