English keyless minute repeating rough movement with chronograph, new/old stock, circa 1890.
Golay Patent half-plate movement, the top plate with raised barrel and complete with finished keyless work. The minute repeating train is mounted under the steel plate carrying the finished chronograph train, the wheel train is planted but not the escapement. 43.5 mm diameter.
Charles Hector Golay, 46 Myddleton Square, London, Patent No 12417, October 1885. 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.
NB: This minute repeating chronograph movement, with minute counter, is exactly as shown in Golay’s trade catalogue of circa 1885 and is part of the material left over after C H Golay retired in 1911.
In good original condition being still wrapped in the paper in which it has been stored since at least 1911. A rare survival and a document of past English manufacturing practice of some importance – more so than any finished example. Plus, being "interchangeable" they are an ideal and cheap source of spare parts - or can of course be finished.
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