A mint and fine condition solid silver, 20-sized Goliath key-wind English fusee lever pocket watch made for A. Cotton of Birmingham by the Coventry Watch Manufactory Company. This watch is ticking away strongly and comes with a winding key and keeping very good time indeed and just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker. The watch is a classic 19th century example of high grade English engineering, well looked after and no doubt good for another 100 years if well cared for. This watch is an excellent example of high quality traditional English work with a now rather old fashioned chain fusee, made by one of the few "watch manfacturers" left and signed up for the retailer, Cotton of Birmingham. This is a beautifully made English key-wound mans substantial fusee pocket watch, dating from ca. 1882, from the late Victorian period. The watch is clearly marked silver and in a consular case. The watch is in full working order and comes complete with a key for winding and presentation box.
THE DIAL: 100% mint, , the white enamel dial with fine black Roman numerals and in bright condition, and signed to the dial centre by A. Cotton of Birmingham. The dial with gold spade hands and in very crisp and bright condition, with all wording and subsidary seconds numbers clearly visible. Diameter is 49 mm. The crystal is also in excellent condition.
THE MOVEMENT: 100% mint,, with gilt full plate and a Bosely regulator, and blue steel screws. An uncut three arm solid 9k gold balance, with hairspring and lever escapement. The movement overall of good quality with ruby jewels to the balance staff, escape wheel and 3rd wheel, a very good sign of high quality English work and with 11 jewels. The watch ticking away on my desk as I type this, and keeping very good time for a 100 year old watch and just cleaned and overhauled by my watch-maker. The watch with number 32212 and fully signed by A. Cotton of Birmingham. The watch comes with a winding key for winding and hands set. The watch comes with its original gilt dust cover in fine order. The movement clearly marked under the dial 20 for the calibre size. With the dial removed, it is clear that this is an ebauche made by elusive Coventry Watch Manufactory Company.
THE CASE: 100%, the solid silver case measures an impressive 55 mm. The front and rear covers are good, both with solid silver hinges, these close nice and tightly. The case with Birmingham hall-marks and silver sterling marks and case number of 5297 matching that of the movement. The case with a sponsor mark of "T.H." and also "J.F.". The case with very fine and crisp engraving to the case back centre. Whoever ordered this watch over 100 years ago, certainly had a deep pocket, both financially and for their waist coat. This is a very fine quality solid silver fusee watch and of jewel like quality.