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Charles Frodsham, London
A SUPERB GOLD OPEN-FACED SPLIT SECONDS MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH 1899, NO. 08759 AD FMSZ
Estimate
15,00025,000
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76
Charles Frodsham, London
A SUPERB GOLD OPEN-FACED SPLIT SECONDS MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH 1899, NO. 08759 AD FMSZ
Estimate
15,00025,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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Charles Frodsham, London
A SUPERB GOLD OPEN-FACED SPLIT SECONDS MINUTE REPEATING KEYLESS LEVER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH 1899, NO. 08759 AD FMSZ
Movement: gilded frosted three-quarter plate movement, double-roller ratchet tooth lever escapement, bi-metallic compensation balance, diamond endstone, steel chronograph work visible to the backplate, signed and numbered Chas. Frodsham by appointment to the Queen, late of 84 Strand, 115 New Bond St., London, no. 08759 AD FMSZ
Dial: off-white Willis enamel dial, Roman numerals, two sunken subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 60-minute register, outer ring for minutes/chronograph seconds, all hands blued steel except contrasting gold and blued steel split seconds, signed Chas. Frodsham, 08759 AD FMSZ
Case: gold, the front with triple stepped bezel, back with polychrome enamel painted armorials of the Sandford family, gold split chronograph pusher and hand-set button with olivette to the bandrecessed repeating slide, winding crown depressing for chronograph activation, thief-proof swivelling bow, case, cuvette, pendant and bow hallmarked for 18ct gold, date letter for London 1899, back and cuvette with maker's mark HMF in cameo for Harrison Mill Frodsham, case back numbered 08759, cuvette numbered 59

diameter 53mm
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Literature

Terence Camerer Cuss, The English Watch 1585-1970, 2009, pp. 428-429, pl. 277
Vaudrey Mercer, The Frodshams - The Story of a Family of Chronometer Makers, 1981, p. 261

Catalogue Note

This watch is accompanied by a Charles Frodsham Certificate of Origin which confirms that the watch was completed in 1899 with a total manufacturing cost of £86.

The very fine quality movement of this watch was supplied to Charles Frodsham by Nicole, Nielsen & Co. who have used a Swiss ebauche, fitted the ratchet-tooth lever escapement, balance and cock, and carried out some of the finishing. Much of the chronograph mechanism is visible to the backplate, whilst the minute repeating work is concealed beneath the dial and between the plates, with one hammer visible next to the balance cock. The substantial 18ct gold case is of wonderful quality and the armorials of the Sandford family are beautifully painted in polychrome enamel to the back.

For a note on Charles Frodsham, see lot 74 and for Nicole Nielsen, see lot 75.

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

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London