Unusual Half Hunter with up/down Dial


Signed   Thomas Russell & Son - Makers to Queen Victoria - Liverpool  
Hallmarked Chester   1907
Diameter   52 mm         

1 in stock


An early 20th Century English lever with power reserve indication in an unusual gold half hunter case.  Gilt three quarter plate keyless movement with going barrel.  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 engine turned silver dial with subsidiaries for power reserve and seconds, Arabic numerals, blue steel hands. Plain 18 carat half hunter case, the front cover with an unusually large glazed aperture, blue enamel chapter ring. Plain gold cuvette, maker’s mark “TR” in a rectangle and number corresponding to that on the movement.  Brown morocco covered case with easel stand.

An unusual and attractive watch.  The hallmarks on the front lid show the watch was originally designed for a large opening.  The inclusion of power reserve in a watch with going barrel is not common as the mechanism is more complex than when included on a fusee movement.  Russell's use a form of worm gear set into the top plate to achieve it.