Gold Independent Seconds Lever by Nicole Nielsen


Signed   John Walker 68 Cornhill, 230 Regent Street & 76 Strand    London
Hallmarked London   1875
Diameter   48 mm         

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A late 19th Century English independent centre seconds lever made by Nicole Nielsen in a gold open face case.  Gilt three quarter plate keyless movement with going barrel.  Nicole’s patent winding work with extra wheel to wind the Independent seconds train.   Engraved cock with polished steel regulator, compensation balance with blue steel overcoil hairspring. English table roller lever escapement, escape and lever pivots with endstones. Signed and numbered white enamel dial with seconds beating independent centre seconds, continuous subsidiary seconds.  Roman numerals, blue steel hands. Substantial plain 18 carat open face case, plain clip on back.  Maker’s mark “AN” in an oval and number corresponding to that on the movement.  Small slide in the band to operate the independent seconds, the hand beating seconds.   Turning the crown in one direction winds the going train and the other winds the seconds train.

Independent seconds has the advantage of allowing the seconds hand to be stopped and started without affecting the going train, unlike some simple chronographs of the period.  Another benefit was the seconds hand jumping ahead one second at a time.  It was however rarely manufactured as an extra barrel and train were required, the complication very rarely found on Nicole Nielsen's work.   Adolphe Nicole took out the patent for keyless winding number 10,348 in 1844.  In excellent overall condition.