- Museum number
GOLD-PLATED OCTAGONAL PIN-PALLET LEVER BLACK-DIALLED WRIST-WATCH WITH BLACK LEATHER STRAP.
Movement with pin-pallet lever escapement; ebauche mark beneath front plate.
Black-painted metal dial; gold-painted Roman hour numerals.
Gold-plated octagonal case with integral bezel and snap-on back.
Black leather wrist-strap with gold-plated buckle.
- Production date
Length: 40 millimetres (case)
Length: 31.80 millimetres (dial)
Length: 205 millimetres (strap)
Thickness: 9.40 millimetres
Width: 40 millimetres (case)
Width: 31.80 millimetres (dial)
- Curator's comments
- Comment from Richard Good, Catalogue of Watches in the British Museum. Vol. V (Unpublished manuscript)
Switzerland, c. 1967
A wrist watch with a pin pallet lever escapement.
Signature: On the dial 'Old England' and 'SWISS MADE'. On the back plate of the movement 'SWISS ONE 1 JEWEL UNADJUSTED'.
Case: A two piece octagonal case, gold plated base metal. On the case back C in a circle 'Old England WATCHES LTD 1967', inside the back 'OLD ENGLAND WATCHES LTD BASE METAL SWISS MADE'. The broad leather strap, large spring bars which actually lie across much of the back of the case retain the strap. The stem is removed and then the movement can be pushed out of the front of the case expressing the glass in the process.
Dial & Hands: A black painted octagonal dial with gold Roman numerals. Gilt baton hands.
Ebauche Marks: EB 8800 RA.(2)
Frame: The front plate has one pillar and two blocks to support the back plate the barrel bridging piece and the balance cock. The pallet cock is mounted directly onto the front plate. The frame of nickel silver.
Barrel and Mainspring: A brass barrel runs on a fixed post in the front plate. It is held down by a sprung bridging piece.
Barrel: internal diameter 11.10 mm, height 1.30 mm.
Mainspring: height 1.30 mm, thickness 0.14 mm.
Barrel Arbor: diameter 3.45 mm, snailed.
Hooking: Milled from the barrel wall
Train: The brass wheels nickel plated, the centre wheel, the third wheel and the fourth wheel all with five crossings. The escape wheel with four crossings.
Jewelling: One jewelled bearing, this is a 'Kif' type in the balance cock.
Escapement: A straight line layout pin pallet lever escapement with short lever, double roller and an impulse pin of brass projecting horizontally. The steel pins are equally disposed.
No. of teeth embraced 3½.
Balance & Spring: Monometallic three arm balance. Balance diameter 10.8 mm thickness 0.3 mm. Flat spiral blued 'self compensating' balance spring with 12 turns. The spring crimped into a slot in the collet.
Means of Regulation: An index on the balance cock, no divided scale or any engraving on the balance cock table. There is facility for beat setting.
Train Counts and Beat Rate:
Great wheel 84 (barrel)
Centre wheel 64 pinion 12 (a second pinion of 20 which can slip for handsetting)
Third wheel 60 pinion 8
Fourth wheel 60 pinion 8
Escape wheel 15 pinion 6
Beat rate: 18,000
Motion work: cannon pinion 20
minute wheel 32, minute pinion 6
hour wheel 45
Winding System: Conventional positive set.
Dimensions: Case across flats 39.7 mm height 9.6 mm., over the thick flat crystal.
Movement: diameter 26.5 mm, height 5.2 mm.
Provenance: Purchased in 1987 with the aid of funds from the Dingwall Bequest.
(1) The 'Old England' brand was initiated by Richard Loftus in 1966. The father of Richard Loftus, Asher Loftus, was the man responsible for the Accurist watches. There is a full write up on Richard Loftus and his success in the 'Watchmaker Jeweller and Silversmith' December 1969, pp. 60, 61, and 63.
(2) EB is the mark of Bettlach a member of the ebauche group. RA is an import mark.
- Not on display
- Latest: 3 (2017)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number