Well finished three-quarter plate keyless going-barrel movement with Douglas’s distinct design of chronograph mechanism, the 14-size frame stamped R.B (Robert Bragge, foreman of the EWCo), the top plate engraved with the two Patent numbers 4164 and 2605. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Signed enamel dial with offset seconds and 30 minute counter marked, as usual, for anticlockwise progression, blued-steel hand. 43 mm diameter, 10 mm deep, not including centre arbor.
Machine–made chronograph movement by the The English Watch Company Limited. This was formed in 1874 out of the bankrupt Anglo-American Watch Company as originally set up by Aaron L Dennison in Birmingham, England, in 1871 – see the publication by Philip Priestley on Dennison for more information about this most interesting American/English entrepreneur.
William Douglas, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, Patents No 4164, September 1881 and No 2605, May 1883. This refers to two of four (not counting an earlier one of 1880) patents taken out by Douglas, all of which relate to the unusual English chronographs made at the Villa St Works of the The English Watch Company Birmingham. These watches are mostly known from their fully developed ‘FP’ (Four Patent) model, but earlier examples are rare, this being one of few known two-Patent examples. NB: English watchmakers used the term ‘double’ chronograph to indicate the inclusion a minute counter – ‘triple’ chronographs have an hour counter as well.
Lacking all but the hour hand, otherwise complete and nothing broken, and with a lovely almost perfect condition dial, with just a very small edge chip near 6. Not cleaned by me but will tick with pressure applied to the train.