MOVEMENT : Gilt verge movement, with finely engraved and pierced winged balance cock and plate, silver regulator disk and four square pillars.
Signed “John Austin, LONDON” and numbered 2301.
The balance cock table incorporates a bracket at 2 o'clock which is screwed to the plate. This is an interesting and unusual feature, designed to keep the balance cock table rigid, and is very occasionally found on watches of this period.
All in exceptionally good complete condition, with the the gilding still bright, and the movement running well.
DIAL : Fine, original, silver champleve dial, signed in the centre “AUSTIN, LONDON”. All in good condition with no excessive rubbing or wear. Fancy gilt hands.
INNER CASE : Silver with rubbed hallmark on the stem for 1740. Particularly finely cast bow. All in very nice condition throughout, with just a little wear around the sliding cover to the winding aperture, and the stem has probably been reattached. The hinge is fine and the bezel snaps shut securely. The high dome bull's eye crystal is perfect.
OUTER CASE : Silver , with repousse decoration of a classical scene. Good condition throughout, with just some wear to the high points of the repousse work, but no holes. The hinge and catch (button dented) are fine, and the case snaps shut correctly.