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Lot No. 696
Estimate  5,500 - 6,500 €
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Wales & McCulloch, 20 Ludgate Hill, London

, Movement No. 3480, Case No. 3480, 51 mm, 125 g, circa 1897

An English half hunting case pocket watch with Bonniksen carousel revolving in 52,5 minutes, formerly with Kew A certificate of the Kew/Teddington observatory "82.1 Marks Especially Good"

Case: 18k gold, inlaid, radial Roman numerals, polished, gold dome, case maker's punch mark "EM" (Edward Matthews, Clerkenwell). Dial: enamel, off-white (Willis), radial Roman hours, auxiliary seconds, signed, blued double spade hands. Movm.: 3/4 plate movement, frosted, gilt, signed, chatoned, English lever escapement, gold screw compensation balance, chatoned diamond endstone on balance.

Wales & McCulloch
The company Wales & McCulloch existed in London since 1862. The first address was 32 Ludgate Street; from 1862 until 1869 the company had premises at 56 Cheapside, it moved to 22 Ludgate Hill later. >From 1890 until bis 1910 the company address was 20 Ludgate Hill. Tony Mercer lists Wales & McCulloch in "Chronometer Makers of the World" as manufacturer as well as retailer and supplier to the Admiralty. For this watch Wales & McCulloch used a finished movement produced by the watch industry Bonniksen had revived in Coventry and fitted it with a dial and a case before selling it. The company is recorded as having supplied the British navy with deck watches from 1896 until 1914 - one of them, no. 121654 in 1909, was even a tourbillon.
Case: very good
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running

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