According to Meis, all of these watches featured carriages supplied and finished by the extraordinarily talented but short-lived Sydney Better from Clerkenwell, and only between 1917 and 1922. The workmanship of a tourbillon was so costly and time-consuming that generally it was only undertaken in relatively small series, particularly following the great financial depression when money for such projects was more scarce. Sydney Better also tended to work alone so his output was very small. He made two different types of tourbillon, either "Better 1" with three-arm carriage and double-armed bridge, such as the present watch, and "Better 2" with straight carriage arms and eccentric balance.
He died in poverty shortly after his contract with the Northern Goldsmiths was terminated.
The off-white enamel dial of the present watch is also the recognisable creamy colour and style of Frederick Willis, renowned for his high quality dials and cases that were supplied to the best English watchmakers for their most prestigious pieces.
See, Watches, by Cecil Clutton & George Daniels, third edition, pages 79 & 108.
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