A near mint solid silver, key-wind English post fusee lever, 20 size hunter cased pocket watch, and ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping good time. The watch signed to the case and with a typical ebauche bythe Lancashire Watch Company of Prescot and a rare watch by this important English maker. The watch signed for the retailer, "W. E. Watts of Nottingam, The Empire". The watch just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker and keeping very good time for a 110 year old pocket watch. This is a beautifully made English key-wound man's pocket watch, dating from ca. 1899, from the Victorian period. 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 Lancashire Watch Company was based in Preston, at The Watch Factory, Warrington Road. The company was founded in 1882 in Prescot and was active until 1910, along the way being purchased by Thomas Peter Hewitt in 1882 who set up to compete with Rotherhams and William Ehrhardt. There is a valuable work book located at the Prescot museum, in which each watch is listed with its features, invoice date and purchaser, so it should be straightforward to obtain the full details and original cost of this watch. This company made a large number of watches for English retailers in the late 19th century.
THE DIAL: 96% mint, the ivory enamel dial with black Roman numerals and in bright condition with no chips and an edge circular hairline at 12.00, hidden by the silver bezel. The dial with blued steel spade hands. Diameter is 45 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint, with gilt plates and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. An uncut three arm steel balance, with hairspring and club tooth English lever escapement. The movement overall of very good quality. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time for a 110 year old watch. The watch with number 518923 and marked "reversing pinion" to allow it to be wound up as per a conventional fusee. The movement also fully signed for the retailer. With the dial removed, the typical LWC non-fusee ebauche is revealed. The watch is key-wound, and set through the back and comes with a key. The movement overhaul in superb order showing little wear and excellent gilding to the plates and dust cover. The watch runs for ca. 30 hours and comes with a winding key, with the movement wound through the back cover and also the hands set.
THE CASE: 100% mint, the solid silver hunter case measures an impressive 55 mm. The front and rear covers are excellent, both are hinged and close nice and tightly. The case with Chester hall-marks and silver sterling marks . The case sponsor mark of "TPH" for the director Thomas Peter Hewitt of LWC in Prescot and case number of 540122. The rear cover pops open when the pendant button is depressed. The inner dust cuvette with engraving around the winding hole. The case with shield and garter to centre of top cover. This is a high quality English watch by a famous company, whose products are now becoming very hard to find. It is a work of art in its own right in crisp condition and of jewel like quality.