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Lot No. 388 (93rd Auction)
E. Wise, Manchester, Movement No. 30318, Case No. 30318, 59 mm, 182 g, circa 1890

An unusual deck watch with stoppable centre seconds "Centre Seconds Chronograph, PATENT 8727"
Case: silver, pusher for seconds stop via pendant. Dial: enamel, off-white. Movm.: 4/5 plate movement, chain/fusee, keywind, hack feature, screw compensation balance.

R Fennell, Patent No 8727 , May 1889. E Wise, Manchester, retailer specialising in this unusual Patent stop watch, one that is much easier to operate that the usual slide in the band.

Although often called chronographs, this type of classic English watch is one with a stop/start (hacking) feature and does not zero the seconds hand. This was in order to set the watch exactly to time, such as with a longcase clock, something owners have mostly been able to do with all English centre-seconds watches since the time of George Graham - and something wearers of even the best pocket chronometers are unable to do.
Estimate  650 - 900 €
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