Heavy gold hunter case with snap-on rear cover hallmarked London 1903, sponsor’s mark RN (Robert North). NN’s later form of three-quarter-plate keyless movement, jewelled to the 3rd with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, with hard brass setting at the centre. Single-roller detached lever escapement with Nicole’s thin ‘rat’s tail’ lever, not to be confused with their resilient levers. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial in perfect condition, with lovely original blued-steel hands. 50 mm diameter. Together with original retailers box signed for M F DENT ‘Chronometer Maker to the Queen…’
The firm of M F Dent, Charing Cross, London, one of the leading watch, chronometer and clock makers of the period – see also the book on Edward John Dent and the various Dent firms by Vaudrey Mercer.
Nicole Nielsen & Co, the leading manufactures of top class English watches during the second half of the 19th century, suppliers to Messrs Dent, Frodsham, S Smith & Son, and many other retailers. See also my reprint of their circa 1900 High-Class English Watches catalogue, copies of which are available on my website – this watch being Type 11 (1st quality, 14-size gold hunter), priced at £25 – Dent will have charged more.
The watch in lovely original condition showing only slight signs of wear, the bow still stiff and the plain covers with no previous dedication engraving. The box also in good condition but the lid has warped so that the box can no longer be properly snapped shut. Serviced and guaranteed.