Heavy silver crystal case hallmarked London 1894, casemaker JW (Joseph Walton & Co, Clerkenwell). 16-size keyless going-barrel half-plate movement with ‘JS’ stamp under the cock foot, jewelled to the 3rd, with cap jewels on balance, lever and escape. Single-roller detached lever escapement. Best quality compensation balance with quarter-timing nuts, balance-spring with overcoil. Enamel dial in perfect condition, signed (painted and now somewhat worn)) for Hall, also bearing the British Government ‘Broad Arrow’ mark. 55 mm diameter.
Leonard Hall “watch manufacturer and jeweller” working from 17 Mercer Row, Louth, a market town in rural Lincolnshire, about whom little is known. Few watches retailed by Hall are recorded, but all are interesting. These include numerous Deck Watches, one being in the collections held at the NMM, ‘Kew A,’ karrusel and spring-detent watches, as well as a tourbillon featured in the book by Clutton & Daniels – item 336.
This watch was purchased by the admiralty in May 1902 and remained in service until being sold in 1928. During the 1st World War it served aboard the Star-class Destroyer HMS Flying Fish. It was also variously stationed at Plymouth, Portsmouth, Hong Kong and Rosyth. Its full Royal Navy history can be obtained from the ICI (International Chronometer Index) held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
Rare in as much that it has survived in good original condition, the watch not having been later converted to be ‘unwearable’ as most Deck Watches were after the war. Two minor scratches on the movement top plate and the button lacking a small part of its gold shell. Serviced and guaranteed.