Single engraved gold case with blue and white enamelled back and bezel, with diamond set push and matching bezel catch, hallmarked London 1767, casemaker PM (Peter Mounier). Fine fullplate fusee movement of distinctly English appearance, unlike some of Emery’s other watches, with finely pierced and engraved cock table and rim cap, and with ‘English’ (see Wadsworth) dumb repeat work acting on the case. Cylinder escapement with original banking via a small vertical pin in the steel balance. Signed enamel dial with two feet of best English manufacture, in perfect condition, but held in the Swiss/French manner by a single screw, at 3. Original and matching diamond set hands. 45 mm diameter.
Josiah Emery of Switzerland, moved to London sometime before 1760, a most interesting and influential watchmaker, one of the first to make detached lever escapement watches after Thomas Mudge. See the five-part article by Jonathan Betts on Emery published in Antiquarian Horology, 1996-97.
Peter Mounier, Frith Street, Soho, among the best watch case makers of the period, maker of many cases for Thomas Mudge, including that of the first lever watch ‘the Queen’s watch’
As good a watch of its type as I have seen, the best and most original known to me, with just some of the expected small scratches and with one minor chip to the case enamel which has thankfully never suffered later ‘soft enamel’ restoration. The rest of the watch is as good if not better, especially the most beautiful dial, and even the high dome glass, with some small scratches, is almost certainly the original. Serviced for its previous owner and guaranteed.