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Northern Goldsmiths CO Newcastle
A VERY RARE AND FINE GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS ONE-MINUTE TOURBILLON WATCH 1918, NO. 2051
Estimate
22,00038,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
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139
Northern Goldsmiths CO Newcastle
A VERY RARE AND FINE GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS ONE-MINUTE TOURBILLON WATCH 1918, NO. 2051
Estimate
22,00038,000
LOT SOLD. 30,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Northern Goldsmiths CO Newcastle
A VERY RARE AND FINE GOLD HUNTING CASED KEYLESS ONE-MINUTE TOURBILLON WATCH 1918, NO. 2051
Movement: gilded three-quarter plate, lever escapement mounted within a one- minute tourbillon carriage with steel three-arm cage, ruby endstone, with Sydney Beattey first style tourbillon, signed and numbered The Northern Goldsmiths Co, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne., 2051
Dial: cream enamel Willis-type, Arabic numerals, outer minute ring, blued steel spade hands, signed The Northern Goldsmiths Co, Newcastle
Case: 18ct gold full hunter, plain polished covers, gold olivette with protective shoulders, hallmarked London 1918, maker’s mark NG Co for The Northern Goldsmiths Co, glazed cuvette, gold pendant and bow
diameter 55mm
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Provenance

Crott's Schmelzer, April 1980

Literature

Reinhard Meis, Das Tourbillon, 1986, p.225 & 351, pls. 282-283

Catalogue Note

Rienhard Meis in his book Das Tourbillon, accounted for eight pieces by The Northern Goldsmith's company. The present lot is featured on Page 225.

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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