With an associated retailer's presentation case.
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.
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