chinese market watch;
- Museum number
SILVER HUNTER CASED LEVER WATCH FOR THE CHINESE MARKET.
Three-quarter plate; going barrel.
Enamel dial; subsidiary seconds.
Blued steel hands.
Engine-turned silver hunter case.
- Production date
Diameter: 46.20 millimetres (case)
Diameter: 37.60 millimetres (dial)
Thickness: 14.90 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Comment from Richard Good, Catalogue of Watches in the British Museum. Vol. V (Unpublished manuscript)
Made by Juvet
Fleurier, Switzerland, c. 1890
Silver cased club tooth lever watch for the Chinese market
Signature: None but the dial bears the marks for Juvet as detailed below and also this is also repeated on the back plate of the movement.
Case: A silver hunter case. A large mark in a floral surround inside the front cover with three smaller marks around it and the number 191248. The number repeated in both backs and inside the outer there are three more small marks. All the marks identical to that on the dial. The inner bezel missing.
Dial and Hands: Flat dial with sunk subsidiary seconds dial. Marked in Chinese(1) in gold just under the XII. Hands of blued-steel, the hour and minute of spade design.
Ebauche Marks: Numbered 191248 also 9 or 6 and under the back plate 9 or 6 and 48.
Frame: 3/4 plate, the back plate supported by three plain turned pillars and secured by screws.
Barrel and Mainspring: Recessed cover to the going barrel: I. diameter 15.4 mm., height 2.6 mm.
Mainspring: height 2.2 mm., thickness 0.20 mm.
Arbor: diameter 5.0 mm., snailed.
Hooking: a tongue pressed in from the barrel wall.
Train: Brass wheels, gilded one side only, with five crossings except for the steel escape wheel which has four.
Jewelled: From the third onwards in the back plate, from the fourth onwards in the front plate, ruby endstones for the balance pivots.
Escapement: Club tooth lever, straight line layout, single roller, impulse pin elliptical. Pallet stones convex on both impulse and locking faces. Escape wheel of steel with chamfered teeth. Solid banking.
A mixed escapement.
Number of teeth embraced 3½.
Balance and Spring: A three armed brass balance, diameter 14.23 mm., thickness 0.7 mm. Bright steel flat spiral spring with 10 turns.
Means of Regulation: Index on the balance cock registering against a divided scale with engraved "S F".
Train Counts and Beat Rate:
Great wheel (barrel) 80
Centre wheel 64 pinion 10
Third wheel 60 pinion 8
Fourth wheel 60 pinion 8
Escape wheel 15 pinion 6
Beat Rate: 18,000
Motion work: cannon pinion 10, minute wheel 30
minute pinion 8, hour wheel 32
Winding System: Keywound.
Dimensions: Case diameter 46.3 mm., height 14.0 mm.
Movement: diameter 38.4 mm., height 11.0 mm.
Provenance: Formerly in the Ilbert collection. Ilbert purchased this in the Caledonian market 8/4/1932.
(1) The marks are those of the House of Juvet, see La Montre Chinoise by A Chapuis pp. 148-150.
- Not on display
- Latest: 3 (2017)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Previous owner/ex-collection number: CAI.1131 (Ilbert Collection)
Previous owner/ex-collection number: L191 (Ilbert Ledger)