Friday, 24 January 2014

C.H. Errington for Rogers, pin set 15J Chronograph, 1902

Chronographs were also known as "Doctors watches" because the centre seconds hand made it easier to time a persons pulse.
This pin set Chronograph is by C.H. Errington of Coventry ( then owned by Williamson) for G. R. Rogers. The 15 jewel movement has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. The movement, Case and Dial all carry the serial number.

If used as a stop watch the button (at 2 o'clock) stops the seconds hand but also stops the entire movement so the time has to be reset, not an entirely practical proposition.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Silver Hunters

Silver Hunters and Half Hunters are becoming increasingly hard to get and its been a while since I got any in but here are two new arrivals. Top: a very nice 7J Waltham 1908 model, 1919. Below: Another good J.W. Benson Half Hunter by Tavannes, 1913. Both in Dennison Silver cases.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Waltham 1892 Vanguard, 21J, 1903

Another nice Railroad Grade Waltham 1892 Vanguard, this one with 21 ruby and diamond Jewels is from 1903 and has a Canadian railroad dial. It is in a quite rare 14 carat Filled Gold case by Fahys that was guaranteed to "wear permanently" that was only made between 1902 and c 1904.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Great British Railway Journeys in Coventry

Well, Great British Railway Journeys aired earlier this evening, after a couple of “women in the street interviews” with local residents about Coventry and watches there was 10 or 15 seconds of commentary about Rotherham over pictures of the factory, 5 seconds of pictures of watches from the   Coventry Watch Museum  and 5 seconds of voice over two of my watches illustrating the evil Swiss (the plain face of an Omega) and American (a very nice Waltham 1893 model movement) watch makers that put them out of business before 8 or 9 minutes on how the Coventry watch makers moved on to cycles and automotive related manufacturing.

My pictures looked great, I wish I had the technology and know how to enhance them like that! And I did get a credit at the end under “Archives”.

Such is the fleeting nature of fame

Its a great shame they did not spend the whole of the Coventry segment of the program Coventry Watch Museum
 although one has to admit the cycle and automotive industries were ultimately important to the city.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Waltham 1892-Vanguard, 23J Railroad Watch, 1908.

Jewels are Ruby, Diamond and probably sapphire for the pallet jewels, full railroad grade with a good case. The dial is a "Montgomery", made in three pieces and with the number 6 printed in... full as it should be, these dials are valuable in themselves, one in this condition is currently on the market for $150 + carriage and import charges.

These 1892 watches are selling like hot cakes with 5 going to repeat customers in the last couple of weeks. And with this quality it is easy to see why.

Yahoo E-Mail Problems! 

Since Christmas at least 3 e-mails I have sent have gone missing and someone I know has lost many more. Then yesterday incoming mail stopped downloading to my computer so I am having to log in on line to retrieve mail which delays things a bit, but even so I am currently able to respond to all emails with 24 hours so if you don't hear from me please resend your message, or message me through Facebook. I am looking for ways around the problem, sorry for any inconvenience.