Heavy gold half-hunter case hallmarked London 1906, casemaker W.N (William Neal, Coventry), the cover with the top quality feature of a separate chapter ring held in place by gold screws. Keyless going-barrel movement jewelled to the 3rd, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape, the top plate engraved ‘MAKERS TO THE ADMIRALTY AND THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT’ as is typical of the firm at this date. Single-roller detached ever escapement with gold lever, a fine example of the classic English lever escapement; the single-roller shown to be just as good as any double-roller escapements tried at Greenwich or Kew. Compensation balance, blued-steel balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial, original blued-steel hands. 50 mm diameter and weighing just over 122 grams gross
Joseph White & Son, watch and Chronometer makers to the Admiralty, Earlsdon, Coventry, one of the foremost watch manufacturers in Coventry at the period. For more information about Joseph White, see the article on him and his firm by Jeromy Hassell in the December 2003 edition of Antiquarian Horology.
The dial with the usual hair crack into the sunk seconds and the dome (inner rear cover) bearing the nicely engraved name of its first owner. Otherwise in very good clean condition, showing few signs of wear. Serviced, guaranteed and the gold value alone in the heavy case being over £2000