21st October 2017 

English 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 Keyless Watches.. 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 Keyless Watches.. E801f

E801. Rotherham, 19J Hunter, c1907.

This excellent size 12 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 has functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure. Dated from the serial number and other factory to 1907 give or take a year.

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.

E801 Rotherham 19J Hunter c1907 (3)


The English made double backed case is a "Sun" grade in 14 carat Filled Gold by Dennison - when made these thick plated cases were more expensive than the equivalent in silver. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has an excellent mineral glass crystal.

STOCK £680 More pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches.. 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


English Keyless Watches.. E802f

E802. Rotherham for Butt, 13J, 1888.

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. 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 Butt 32, Eastgate Row, Chester.".

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

E802 Rotherham for Butt 13J 1888 (13)


The double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1888 and the makers mark of John Rotherham. The case is 2.05" / 5.2 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and 0.52" / 1.3 cm thick. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has an excellent flat / bevelled mineral glass crystal.

BRACKLEY £360 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 Keyless Watches.. 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.


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English Keyless Watches.. E750f

E750. Roskell, 13J, 1895.

This watch is signed by Robert Roskell of Liverpool but was made in Coventry from a Prescott ebauché , probably by the Lancashire Watch Company as many of the components and the general layout are the same as their products, and was finished by one of the smaller Coventry makers. The slow train, pin set, size 14 movement has 13 jewels, a true English Lever Escapement with a "ratchet" or "spiked" escape and an over-sprung cut compensating balance. The Geneva stop gear has been disabled either because of a breakage or to give a longer run time, with a modern mainspring the impact on timekeeping will not be significant as explained in my blog posting on non functioning Geneva gear. The dial is almost certainly a replacement as the number on the dial does not match the movement.

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

E750 Roskell (Coventry) 13J 1895 (6)

The heavy English made case is bigger than the average for a size 14 movement at 2.05" / 5.2 cm excluding the pendant etc. and is 0.65" / 1.6 cm thick making the same as most English size 16 watches of the period. It has Chester hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1895, the makers mark of A.H. Ratcliffe of Norfolk ST., Coventry and the same serial number as the movement. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

STOCK £370 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 Keyless Watches.. LWCF

The Lancashire Watch Company, Prescot.

Formed in 1888 and made close to 900,000 movements making it the largest British watch company in terms of total production and it was the first large scale attempt in England at standardised factory production of an entire watch . The company went into liquidation in 1906 although it continued trading in administration until the assets were sold off in 1910. My blog post "Thoughts on the failure of the Lancashire Watch Company " explores one of the probable reasons for this early failure.


English Keyless Watches.. WEf

William Ehrhardt Ltd.

Were based in Birmingham but are usually considered a Coventry maker and were working as manufacturers from 1856 until the 1920's and in the watch trade into the 1930's. Their total production was about 700,000 movements. Their winged arrow trademark is sometimes found on their movements. The recent picture (reproduced with permission, click on it for a different view) of the Timeworks Factory is from Rob H (who purchased a Ehrhardt watch from me in 2015), the now listed building was fortunately not demolished when a duel carriage way was built close by in the 1960's.

The British Watch Co



From 1921 this was as a trading name of Ehrhardt’s who were either trying to persuade people to buy British in the face of American and Swiss competition or were trying to disassociate themselves from Germany after the Great War.


Coventry Watch Movement Company.

Was formed in 1889 in response to the formation of the Lancashire Watch Company to make complete watches rather than the More pictures on Zenfolio traditionally made around Prescot, this threatened the supply of movements for the Coventry trade to finish. The new company did not make complete watches but kits or unfinished movements for completion by others.

By 1912 watch movements was only a third of production as they diversified into components for the cycle, motor and other industries. It is unlikely that there was any watch production by 1915 as the company moved to war work, including aircraft parts.


English Keyless Watches.. Next

Recently sold watches.

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




English Keyless Watches.. 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 Keyless Watches.. 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 Keyless Watches.. E794f

E794. Errington for Evans, 16J, 1895/6.

A high grade 3/4 plate pin set size 12 movement made by Errington of Coventry for M. Evans. It has 16 jewels, a true English Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance, it is equipped with functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure. Under the dial is the makers serial number, on the back is the retailers serial number of 1/100.

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

The movement is engraved:

M. Evans & Co
7, Davies St., Berkley Square,
London


E794 Errington for Evans 16J 1895 (8)


The English double backed case had Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling Silver 1895/6 and the makers mark HW, possibly for H. Williamson who bought out Errington c1896. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock. The case is just a tad smaller than a "standard" size 16 at 1.9" / 4.8cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches.. E800F

E800. Rotherham for Terry, 19J, 1900.

This excellent size 16 pin set movement (less common than the size 12 version) is by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry for Terry of Manchester. 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.

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

The movement is engraved:

W & F Terry, 8 Victoria St & 70, Stretford Road
MAKERS TO THE ADMIRALTY
MANCHESTER


The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1900 and the mark of John Rotherham. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal. The case is 2.05" / 5.2cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc and is 0.65" / 1.6 cm thick.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.