W. Matthews, Holyhead Road, Coventry, Movement No. 36684, Case No. 684, 57 mm, 177 g, circa 1909
A heavy and extremely rare deck watch with 34 min. carousel for the British Royal Navy Case: silver, polished, gold crown, pusher, hinge and shackle. Dial: enamel, radial Roman numerals, centre seconds, "Broad Arrow", blued spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, ébauche: Bahne Bonniksen, "broad arrow", frosted, gilt, signed, screwed chatons, Bonniksen carousel revolving in 34 minutes, English lever escapement, gold screw compensation balance, freesprung blued balance spring, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.
"Carousel" watches are a design by the Danish watchmaker Bahne Bonniksen, who registered the patent in 1892 in England. His intention was to create a compromise between the "expensive" tourbillon and a normal chronometer - and he actually achieved better results with his carousel than some of the tourbillons.
Estimate 5,500 - 7,000 €
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