Silver crystal (flat glass) double back case with gold olivette hallmarked London 913, casemaker W.N (William Neal, Coventry). Three-quarter plate keyless going-barrel movement with the CCWMS Maltese Cross trademark showing on the pillar-plate. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, spiral balance-spring. Enamel dial in perfect condition, mismatched gilt hands. 52 mm diameter.
The Coventry Cooperative Watch Manufacturing Society, Ltd, Spon St, Coventry was formed by a group of Coventry watch finishers who were shareholders in the Coventry Watch Movement Manufacturing Company Ltd, a separate company that was set up to manufacture rough movements in Coventry should the formation of the Lancashire Watch Company restrict their usual supply from Prescot and its environs. It is known that the CCWMS purchased and finished movements from the CWMC – see the article on the CWMC by D H Bacon in the Summer 1993 issue of Antiquarian Horology, page 502 onwards.
NB: Items bearing the Maltese cross stamp are rarely seen, but the company did produce a range of ‘tourbillon’ (karrusel) watches, though the company is never properly recognised or catalogued when any are auctioned.
The light engine-turning on the back cover showing just minor wear, otherwise a rare example of a late three-quarter plate watch by this little known Coventry firm. Not serviced by me but ticking happily when wound.