H GOLAY, 46 Myddelton Sq, London No 164


£ 95.00

Good keyless movement from this most influential firm, circa 1880.

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Three-quarter plate going-barrel movement (hunter set) jewelled to the centre, with cap jewels on balance (diamond), lever and escape, the 14-size hollow-back frame with raised barrel section on the top plate. Double-roller detached lever escapement. Best quality compensation balance with quarter-timing nuts, balance-spring with double overcoil. Lovely quality enamel dial by WILLIS, with original blued-steel hands, probably by Hood. 43 mm diameter. 9.5 mm deep, not including centre arbor

Charles Hector Golay, 46 Myddleton Square, London. Swiss born (the Jura) but working most of his life in London, Golay was the main manufacturer, along with Nicole, Nielsen & Co, of the very best British made complicated watch work at the latter part of the 19th century. The firm also made plain watches, although examples, at least bearing their own name, are rare.

Dial with hair cracks, as usual, otherwise in good original but rather dusty condition. Nothing appears broken and the balance is swinging freely but will not keeping ticking. Sold as needing at least a service and fresh oil in order to work correctly.