25th June 2018 

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.. E814f

E814. Rotherham for Reid, 19J, 1916.

This excellent size 12 pin set movement is by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry for Reid and Sons of Newcastle upon Tyne. 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, on the dial by Reid and on the movement:

Makers to the
Lords of the Admiralty
Reid & Sons, Newcastle-upon-Tyne


E814 Rotherham for Reid 19J 1916 (6)


The English made double backed case has London hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1916 and the mark of Rotherham Son. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal. The case is 1.9" / 4.8 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and is 0.66" / 1.7 cm thick.

STOCK £475 More pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches.. E818F

E818. Rotherham for Yabsley, 19J, 1934.

This excellent size 12 pin set movement is by Rotherham and Sons of Coventry for J.B. Yabsley. 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. This is late version of the movement without Geneva stop gear.

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

The movement is signed under the dial with the Rotherham trade mark and on the movement :

J.B. YABSLEY
72 Ludgate Hill
London


E818 Rotherham for Yabsley 19J  (6)


The English double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1934 and the mark of Rotherham and Son. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

On hold for rework £475 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.. E816F

E816. Errington for Walter, 16J, 1907.

A 3/4 plate movement from the Errington watch factory in Coventry for Walter & Son . It has 16 jewels, a Swiss Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. Crown wound and pin set.

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

It is signed on the movement T.R. Walter & Son, 51, City Road, London. E.C.

E816 Errington for Walter 16J 1907 (7)


The English double backed case has London Hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1907, the makers mark of William Bullock of Waverly Rd, 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 £425 More Pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches.. E817f

E817. Errington, 16J, 1896.

A 3/4 plate movement by Errington of Coventry. It has 16 jewels, a Swiss Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. Crown wound and pin set.

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


E817 Errington 16J 1896 (2)


The English double backed case has Chester Hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1896, the mark of C.H. Errington and the same serial number as the movement. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

STOCK £400 More pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches.. E813f

E813. Errington for Quinn, 9J, 1903.

A 3/4 plate movement from the Errington watch factory in Coventry for C.J. Quinn of Balham. It has 9 jewels, a Swiss Lever Escapement and an Elinvar Breguet sprung screwed balance and double roller. Crown wound and set.

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

E813 Errington for Quinn 9J 1903 (7)


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 crystal.

STOCK £380 More pictures on Zenfolio.


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.. E815f

E815. LWC Vigil, 1908.

The three-quarter plate movement by the Lancashire Watch Company, signed by them and branded the "Vigil" has 7 jewels, a Swiss Lever Escapement and an Elinvar Breguet sprung screwed balance and double roller. Crown wound and set. Presumably bankrupt stock sold off at the liquidation of the company.

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

E815 LWC Vigil 1908 (8)


The English made double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1908 and the sponsors mark of John Fattorini. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

STOCK £300 More pictures on Zenfolio


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 Dawson "Railway Lever" 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.. E825f

E825. Unsigned English, 9J, 1894.

This watch is a bit of an enigma, it is completely unsigned, which is not unusual ,but the case mark is uncertain and it is the youngest very Slow Train (15,400 Vibrations Per Hour) going barrel watch I have seen. It is almost certainly made in Coventry and possibly by James Hallam (see below), most probably from an ebauché from the Coventry Watch Movement Co but the ebauché might come from Prescot as they are very similar at this date - The CWMC was formed by buying up a Prescot company complete with their designed and moving it to Coventry.

The pin set, size 14 movement has 9 jewels, a true English Lever Escapement with a "ratchet" or "spiked" escape and an over-sprung cut compensating balance. It is equipped with functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure

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

E825 Unsigned English 9J 1894 (9)


The English double backed case has Birmingham Hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1894. The makers or sponsors mark is "J.H", the cartouche shape is not listed anywhere. There are not many "JH" or "J.H"'s listed and the most likely candidate is James Hallam of 32 the Butts Coventry, he is listed as a watch maker which would make the movement by him as well. The case is larger than some size 14's and is as large as most size 16's at 2" / 5.1 cm in diameter excluding the pendant.

It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has an excellent mineral glass crystal.

STOCK £375 More pictures in Zenfolio.


Other Makers:



English Keyless Watches.. E826f

E826. Dawson Railway Lever, 1911.

The size 18 full plate 7 jewelled movement has a true English Lever escapement with an over sprung cut compensating balance and has functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure. It is signed by Stewart Dawson & Co and branded the English Railway Lever, on the movement it is signed "London" but Dawson was a watch maker based in Liverpool and the movement is signed under the dial "J.H.B" probably Jos H Bird of Coventry. More information can be found on my blog post Dawson "Railway Lever" .

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

E826 Dawson Railway Lever 1911 (8)


The heavy (3 oz) double backed case has Chester Hallmarks for Stirling Silver, 1911 and the same serial number as the movement. It was probably made by Charles Harris of Coventry who's mark is on the pendant. It has been ultrasonically and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock. The case is 2.2" / 5.6 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc. and is 0.8" / 2 cm thick.

It is in final test and should be available from the 29th June. £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 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.


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.. E805f

E805. Rotherham 20J, 1903.

An rare size 16 pin set half-chronometer (Adjusted) 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 and a jewel on the top plate for the centre wheel giving a a total of 20, the cap jewels for the balance are diamonds. It is equipped with functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure. Signed "Rotherhams" on the dial and "Rotherhams London" on the movement it was actually made in Coventry.

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 1903 and the mark of John Rotherham. 4 Spon St Coventry (trading as Rotherham & Sons). It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio


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.

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.

SOLD More Pictures on Zenfolio


English Keyless Watches.. E809f

E809. Newsome Errington, 13J, 1893.

A high grade 3/4 plate pin set size 16 movement signed under the top plate by Newsome, an important mid sized Coventry maker, but actually made by C.H. Errington of Coventry. It has 13 jewels, a true English Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance.

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

The English double backed case has Chester Hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1893. The same serial number as the movement and the mark "IJTN" for Isaac Newsome. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and a new crystal.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches.. E820f

E820. Errington, 16J Half Hunter, 1903.

A 3/4 plate movement from the Errington watch factory in Coventry . It has 16 jewels, a Swiss Lever Escapement, a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance and double roller. It has functional Geneva stop gear to control mainspring pressure and is Crown wound and set. Very unusually for an Errington it has a diamond end stone on the balance - the only one I have seen.

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

E820 Errington 16J Half Hunter 1903 (2)

The English double backed case has Silver Hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1903, the mark of C.H. Errington It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has two excellent mineral glass crystals.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.