18th December 2018 

English Keyless Watches including those by Errington, The Lancashire Watch Co & Ehthardt.


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 by other makers.. E820m2

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 by other makers.. 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 £400 More Pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches by other makers.. E836f

E836 Errington for Yeomans for Perry, 16J, 1894.

A 3/4 plate movement by Errington supplied to Yeomans (both of Coventry) who sold it on to John Perry of Nottingham who signed it. It has 16 jewels, a Swiss Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. Crown wound and pin set. More information can be found on my blog post Errington for Yeomans for Perry.

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

 E836 Errington for Yeomans for Perry, 16J, 1894 (3)


The english double backed case has London hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1894, the mark of Samuel Yeomans and the same serial number as the movement. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

It is in final test and should be available from the 9th December. £375 More pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches by other makers.. 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 £350 More pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches by other makers.. 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 by other makers.. E830F

E830. LWC for Kendal & Dent, 11J, 1900.

A size 16.75 pin set, three-quarter plate movement designated the model 116 in "Excellent quality" in a contemporary Trade List. It has 11 jewels, a Swiss Lever Escapement and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance. The movement and dial (note small chip at the centre) is signed by Kendal and Dent a well known London maker and retailer who branded it the "Greenwich Lever", Dent a predecessor company made the clock for the houses of parliament often incorrectly called Big Ben which is actually the name of the Bell.

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

The dust cover is engraved:

Presented to
J.F. Kelly
On his retirement from the postal service
by his brother officers
at S.W.D.O.
21st July 1903


E830 LWC for Kendal & Dent 11J 1900 (6)

The heavy English double backed case has Chester hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1900 and the mark of the Lancashire Watch Company. The case is 2.04" / 5.2 cm in diameter excluding the pendant etc and is 0.67" / 1.7 cm thick. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new mineral glass crystal from old stock.

STOCK £325 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 by other makers.. 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 £350 More pictures in Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches by other makers.. 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 by other makers.. E835f

E835. Ehrhardt, 13J, 1911.

An early keyless, pin set watch by William Ehrhardt, the Slow Train movement has 13 jewels and a true English Lever escapement with a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance.

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

E835 Ehrhardt 13J 1911 (4)


The English double backed case has Birmingham hallmarks for Sterling silver, 1911 and the mark of William Ehrhardt. It has been ultrasonically cleaned and has a new crystal.

STOCK £340 More pictures on Zenfolio.


Other Makers:



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 by other makers.. 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 by other makers.. 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.

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.

SOLD More pictures on Zenfolio.


English Keyless Watches by other makers.. 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.


English Keyless Watches by other makers.. E834f

E834. LWC, 13J, 1892.

An early LWC pin set, three-quarter plate movement. It has 13 jewels, a true English Lever Escapement and an over-sprung cut compensating balance. The movement is signed on the top plate "Lancashire Watch Company PRESCOT" and under the dial "L.W.Co"

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

The heavy English made double backed, triple hinged case has Chester Hallmarks for Sterling Silver, 1892, the mark of William Hickman of 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.