75
75
Charles Frodsham, London
A VERY FINE GOLD OPEN-FACED SPLIT SECONDS KEYLESS LEVER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH 1886, NO. 07468 AD FMSZ
Estimate
8,00012,000
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75
Charles Frodsham, London
A VERY FINE GOLD OPEN-FACED SPLIT SECONDS KEYLESS LEVER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH 1886, NO. 07468 AD FMSZ
Estimate
8,00012,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Charles Frodsham, London
A VERY FINE GOLD OPEN-FACED SPLIT SECONDS KEYLESS LEVER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH 1886, NO. 07468 AD FMSZ
Movement: gilded frosted three-quarter plate movement, ratchet tooth lever escapement, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, micrometer regulation, steel chronograph work visible to the backplate, signed Chas. Frodsham, by Appointment to the Queen, 84 Strand, London, no. 07468, AD FMSZ
Dial: off-white Willis dial, Roman numerals, two sunken subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 60-minute register, all hands blued steel except contrasting gold and blued steel split seconds hands, outer ring for minutes/chronograph seconds, signed and numbered Chas. Frodsham, 07468 
Case: gold, back with engraved armorials and crest of Sir Andrew Noble, gold split chronograph pusher and hand-set button with olivette to the band, winding crown depressing for chronograph activation, thief-proof swivelling bow, plain polished gold cuvette, case, cuvette, pendant and bow hallmarked for 18ct gold, date letter for London 1886, back and cuvette with maker's mark HMF in cameo for Harrison Mill Frodsham, case back numbered 07468, cuvette numbered 68

With an associated retailer's presentation case.


diameter 54mm
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Provenance

Sir Andrew Noble FRS

Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, p. 421, pl. 271
Vaudrey Mercer, The Frodshams - The Story of a Family of Chronometer Makers, 1981, p. 258

Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Charles Frodsham Certificate of Origin.

The movement of this watch was supplied to Charles Frodsham by Nicole Nielsen. During the second half of the 19th century, Nicole Nielsen quickly gained recognition for the exceptional quality of their movements; the keyless and chronograph mechanisms in the present watch are typical of their work and it was their mastery of these elements that helped to secure their reputation. In later years, the firm became renowned for their exceptional pocket chronometers, karrusels and tourbillons. For a history of Nicole Nielsen & Co. see: Vaudrey Mercer, The Frodshams, Chapter XI.  

The present watch, no. 07468, is listed together with no. 07469 by Vaudrey Mercer in The Frodshams - the latter watch was sold at Christie's Geneva, 14th November 2011, lot 166. Also a split seconds chronograph watch with movement supplied by Nicole Nielsen, no. 07469 is similarly styled to the present watch.

Sir Andrew Noble (1831-1915), whose crest and motto appear to the case back of this watch, was chairman of Armstrong Whitworth & Company from 1900-1915. He joined this famous engineering, bridge and shipbuilding company in 1860 and ten years later was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for his scientific work, at the comparatively young age of 38.

The Celebration of the English Watch Part IV, George Daniels 20th Century Innovator

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