The Movement bears Serial Number 871 and has a Diamond End-stone. It is in superb cosmetic condition and is Key Wound on the back and Key Set on the Dial. Note the plate has full decoration and a hand points to the Thompion Regulator, which itself is also decorated.
It is housed in a large 60 mm Silver Outer Case, with Assay Marks for London 1815c and the Makers Mark I.C (James Callow of City Road , London – see P. Priestley). The 52mm Watch case bears similar markings.
The 44mm Cream Colour Enamel Dial has Roman Numerals and is in superb condition, with no apparent hairlines. It has a Gold Hour and Minute Hands and a Louis Style, Centre Seconds hand. The dial is surrounded by a tapered bezel and the hinged bezel cover snaps very tightly into place.
The cuvette is in excellent condition and is signed J.Kentish, London – (Ref: CF14.1)
It is listed at €1,350 and is open to offers.
According to G.H Bailie, John Kentish, jnr. was known in London from 1758 -1774. He dissolved a partnership with Mangaar and Allman in 1772 and was bankrupt in 1774. Little is written thereafter and from what I have read, a number of Centre Seconds watches were made in the mid to late 18th Century. So its possible that this watch is a later casing (perhaps from his bankrupt stock), as the serial number 871 is low and probably dates from the 1760’s.
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