But when the dial is removed the bottom plate turns out to be in two pieces which is typical of the smaller makers in Coventry who were using ebauché (kits of parts) from the Coventry Watch Movement Company.
If you compare the pictures below you can see that these two are the same apart from:
- The fixing of the winding and setting gears and
- The left having 15 Jewels and the right 19 jewels - note the 4 extra screws on the lever and escape jewels on the right hand movement bottom right, these are securing the end jewels whilst with the movement on the left you can just see the end of the pivots which the end jewels hide, click the image for a larger view.
|3/4 plate S12, Keyless |
by Rotherham 1891
|3/4 plate,S12 Keyless |
Signed by Newsome 1894
Newsome is know to have been using CWMC ebauché whilst Rotherham are recorded as being "self contained" with their own plate making capacity when the CWMC was formed in 1888.
Who ever made the plates etc. it is still a cracking watch!