21st August 2017 

English Watches

On this page there are watches by:

  • Rotherham & Sons.
  • C.H. Errington.
  • H. Williamson.

    If I have any the next page will have watches by the Lancashire Watch Comnpany, William Ehrhardt / British Watch Company, those made from “ebauché” by the Coventry Watch Movement Company and other English made watches. There may also be some English watches on the page for J.W. Benson & P & A Guye.

    Unless otherwise stated all watches have 7 jewels, are working, keep at least reasonable time for their age and wind and set correctly. Lids and bezels are secure, stay closed and where appropriate open when the button or crown is pressed. Any inscriptions, dedications or monograms (other than jewellers and makers marks) and any gold plate worn through to the core will either be shown in the photographs, described in the text or both. Movements carry a 6 or 12 months warranty as per the listing.

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  • English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E188ud

    Rotherham & Sons, Coventry

    The company evolved from S Vale who were established in 1747. They used many Wycherley ebauché until the later part of the 19th century when they moved to making their own movements and by 1888 were an important Coventry company with 400-500 workers (plus outside suppliers and out-workers) making 100 movements a week.

    Their 19 Jewel three-quarter plate, an example from 1900 pictured here, is a particularly good movement, a favourite of mine (and many collectors) and I buy all I can. Some history and examples of the movement can be found on my blog.

    Total production between 1880 and 1930 was probably around 600,000 averaging 200 per week. In my view Rotherham were the best English "volume" maker although their production was small in comparison with the large American and Swiss makers - Waltham for instance making about 26 million over the same period (and on occasion making over a million in a year), and Elgin National Watch making almost 32 million.

    Rotherham's later diversified into cycle and auto parts with watch manufacturing ceasing in the 1930s.




    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E768f

    E768. Rotherham 19J half hunter Ladies or Fob watch, 1907.

    A rare size 0 pin set movement by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry, a scaled down version of their excellent 19J movement built as a Gent's Fob watch or for Ladies. It has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. It is jewelled as for a 15 jewel movement but with the addition of cap jewels on the lever and escape for a total of 19 and is equipped with functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure. It is signed under the dial with the Rotherham trade mark.

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

     E768 Rotherham 19J half hunter fob watch 1907 (9)

    E768 Rotherham 19J half hunter fob watch 1907 (2)


    The double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1907 and the makers mark of John Rotherham. The case is 1.5" / 3.8 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and is 0.46" / 1.8 cm thick excluding the secondary crystal. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has two new mineral glass crystals from old stock.

    RESERVED £525 More Pictures on Zenfolio.
    Also listed with "Fob & Ladies Watches"


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E710f

    E710. Rotherham, 19J, 1899.

    An excellent size 16 pin set movement by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry, it has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. It is jewelled as for a 15 jewel movement but with the addition of cap jewels on the lever and escape for a total of 19 and is equipped with functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure.

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

     E710 Rotherham 19J 1899 (8)


    The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for 1899 and the mark of John Rotherham. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

    STOCK £400 More pictures on Zenfolio


    C.H. Errington of Coventry

    An engraver in 1875 (but other sources suggest the company was founded in 1870) then a small factory finishing movements from Berry of Prescot the business was acquired by Williamson c 1896. He continued as manager of the factory under Williamson. I am now describing watches of a design that was in production before the Williamson takeover and those normally signed "Errington Watch Factory" as Errington and those designed after as Williamson, they are listed further down.


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E737f

    E737. Errington for Pierce, 9J, 1903.

    A 3/4 plate movement by C.H. Errington of Coventry for Pierce of Stratford on Avon. It has 9 jewels, a Swiss Lever Escapement and an Elinvar Breguet sprung screwed balance. Crown wound and set.

    Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time, 12 months warranty.


     E737 Errington for Pierce 9J 1903 (6)

    The double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling Silver 1903 and the mark of C.H. Errington. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

    BRACKLEY £350 More pictures on Zenfolio.


    H. Williamson of Coventry

    A Clock maker and general trader who acquire Errington in c 1896 and continued to produce pocket watches until approximately 1931. Owned the Swiss company Büren for an extended period sourcing, components and finished movements from them.

    Total production in UK was about 750,000 including Errington and government war production.

    Most of the watches here will be the 1905 model and the split plate derivative known as the 1910 "Astral" model, they were an attempt to counter American imports, particularly the Waltham Traveler.


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. Next

    Recently sold watches.

    Following requests from buyers who are giving watches as presents I no longer show the price of sold watches.




    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E745f

    E745. Rotherham Key Set Hunter, 13J, 1901.

    A classic size 12 English full plate key wound and set movement by the Rotherham. It has 13 jewels (including cap jewels on the escape), and a true English Escapement with an over-sprung cut compensating balance. Unlike many English key wound watches of the period this one winds clockwise. It is set from the front by opening the hinged bezel (a thumb nail will do it but a case knife is easier), and then using the key on the "hub" holding the hands.

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

    The English Consular type "swing out" case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1901 and the Rotherham makers mark. Although the movement is "only" a size 12, being a full plate and in this type the case is about the same diameter as a "standard" size 16 case at 2" / 5 cm excluding the pendant etc. and somewhat thicker at 0.64" / 1.6cm. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

    SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E739f

    E755. Rotherham, 19J Hunter, c1929.

    This excellent size 12 pin set movement by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry has an oversized dial and a spacer ring to fit in a size 16 case. It has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. It is jewelled as for a 15 jewel movement but with the addition of cap jewels on the lever and escape for a total of 19 and has functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure.

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

    It is signed under the dial with the Rotherham trade mark and on the movement and dial "Rotherhams London", although, of course, it was made in their Coventry factory.

    The English made double backed case is a "Sun" grade in 14 carat Filled Gold by Dennison. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has an excellent mineral glass crystal. In a good presentation case.

    SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.




    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E758f

    E758. Rotherham 19J Hunter, 1904.

    This excellent size 12 pin set movement by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry and signed under the dial by them. It has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. It is jewelled as for a 15 jewel movement but with the addition of cap jewels on the lever and escape for a total of 19 and has functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure.

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

    The double backed half hunter case has Birmingham Hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1904 and the makers mark of Rotherham and Sons. Although a size 12 the case measures 2" / 5cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc., the same as many American and Swiss size 16 hunters. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has an excellent mineral glass crystal.

    SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E774f

    E774. Errington for Arnold, 15J half hunter, 1896.

    A high grade 3/4 plate pin set size 12 movement by C.H. Errington of Coventry for B. Arnold and branded "The Badminton" . It has 15 jewels, a true English Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. The movement is engraved: B. Arnold, 73 Baker St, London.

    Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time, 12 months warranty.

    The English double backed case had Chester hallmarks for Sterling Silver 1896, the makers mark of C.H. Errington and the same serial number as the movement. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new secondary crystals and an excellent mineral glass primary. The case is about the same size as a "standard" size 16 at 2" / 5.07cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc.

    SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E773f

    E773. Errington for Smith, 16J half hunter, 1902.

    A high grade 3/4 plate pin set size 14 movement made at the Errington watch factory in Coventry for S. Smith & Son who signed the dial. It has 16 jewels, a true English Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. The dial is marked "non-magnetisable" reflecting the alloy hairspring - but don't take that literally, it will have some resistance but could still be damaged by a strong magnetic field.

    Ultrasonically cleaned and serviced with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time, 12 months warranty.

    The movement is engraved:

    S. Smith & Son
    The "Strand Watch"
    English made.
    Watchmakers to the Admiralty. 9 Strand. London

    The English double backed case had London hallmarks for Sterling Silver 1902 and the makers mark of S. Smith. There may have been an error stamping the retailers serial number on the case, the movement and dial are marked "83-79" but the case is marked "88-79". It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new secondary crystals and an excellent mineral glass primary. The case is about the same size as a "standard" size 16 at 2" / 5.17cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc.

    SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E775f

    E775. Rotherham for Russells, 19J, 1899.

    An excellent size 16 pin set movement by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry for Russells of Liverpool, signed by them on the dial and branded as "The Time o' Day". It has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. It is jewelled as for a 15 jewel movement but with the addition of cap jewels on the lever and escape for a total of 19 and is equipped with functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure.

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

    The movement is engraved:

    The "Time O Day"
    Russells Limited
    Makers to the Queen, 18 Church St, Liverpool

    The double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1899 and the makers mark of John Rotherham. The case is 2.04" / 5.2 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

    SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E763f

    E763. Rotherham for Cameron, 13J, 1890.

    An excellent early size 16 pin set movement by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry, it has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance, unusually for a lower grade movement it has gold timing screws. It is jewelled with hole and cap jewels on the escape and a pair of jewels for the 4th (seconds) wheel. It has functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure. It is signed under the dial with the Rotherham trade mark and on the movement "J Cameron & Son, Kilmarnock".

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

    The double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1890 and the makers mark of John Rotherham. The case is 2.05" / 5.2 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and 0.66" / 1.7 cm thick. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has an excellent mineral glass crystal.

    SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E759f

    E759. Rotherham for Page et al, 19J, c1915 / 1890.

    The movement is from around 1915 and has been re-cased. This excellent size 16 pin set movement (less common than the size 12 version) is by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry it has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. It is jewelled as for a 15 jewel movement but with the addition of cap jewels on the lever and escape for a total of 19 and has functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure. It is signed under the dial with the Rotherham trade mark and on the movement by "Page, Keen & Page Ltd of Plymouth who branded it "The Service".

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

    The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1890 and the mark of John Rotherham and previously housed a similar movement which unfortunately was not restorable. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock. The case is 2.05" / 5.2cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc and is 0.6" / 1.57cm thick.
    SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.
    Also listed under "Discounted Watches"



    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E757f

    E757 Rotherham for Spirodion, Half Hunter, 1891.

    This watch has a traditional full plate movement but is keyless (Pin set), it is a Slow Train size 12 movement with a true English Lever escapement with an over-sprung cut compensating balance and 7 jewels. Signed under the dial by Rotherham and on the movement by Spirodion of Cardiff.

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

    The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for 1891 and the mark of John Rotherham. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has two new crystals. Having a full plate movement the case is a little thicker than the Rotherham 3/4 plate models, it is 2" / 5.1cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and 0.6" / 1.55 cm thick excluding the secondary crystal.

    SOLD More pictures in Zenfolio


    English Watches - J. Rotherham & Sons, C.H. Errington & H. Williamson.. E676f

    E676. Rotherham for Aldred, 19J, 1900

    An excellent size 16 pin set movement by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry, it has a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. It is jewelled as for a 15 jewel movement but with the addition of cap jewels on the lever and escape for a total of 19 and is equipped with functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure. It is signed under the dial with the Rotherham trade mark and on the dial by "Aldred & Son , Great Yarmouth".

    Ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and with a new mainspring it is keeping excellent time. 12 months warranty.

    The double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1900 and the makers mark of John Rotherham. The case is 2.05" / 5.2 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and 0.66" / 1.7 cm thick. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

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