A mint and rare solid silver, 22-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 Jewish watch maker Max Cohen of Machester. The movement with 19 jewels and very high quality work. This watch is the epitome of the late 19th century gentleman's watch in a heavy solid silver double skinned case and the movement fully jewelled and capped with 19 jewels and comes with its period silver Albert watch chain, original winding key and medal of owner from 1st world war. The complete ensemble weighs a massive 227 grams, or just over 8 ounces! This is a beautifully made English key-wound man's watch, dating from ca. 1892, from the late Victorian period.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, the ivory 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 dial fully signed, "Centre Seconds Chronograph, 24535 ".
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 24535. The watch comes with a period winding key for winding and hands set. The watch fully signed, Max Cohen Limited of Manchester. The watch typically for late English work winds in an anti-clock wise direction, given it is a fusee, it shows traditionalism till the end.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the solid silver double skinned case measures an impressive 61 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are with 9k gold hinges and close nice and tightly. The case with Chester hall-marks and silver sterling marks, and marked 3Oz weight. The case sponsor mark of "C.H." for Charles Hammond of Farringdon, London and case number of 24535. 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 and a gold stop-start slide in working order. The solid silver inner dust cuvette, marked for "set hands" to hand-set arbor hole and "wind up" for winding arbor hole.
THE CHAIN: 100% mint, the watch comes with its original solid silver Albert watch chain with a total length of 30 cm, with attached solid silver T-bar, white metal clasp, period winding key and a medal from the Great War 1914-1919. This is a high quality watch, a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.