OXFORD POCKET WATCHES Antique Pocket Watches

Watch movements bought for spares but not used.

Movements are sold without warranty (but can be returned within 7 days), postage £4.

All have been ultrasonically cleaned and oiled (except for the barrel and mainspring).



Watch movements. E849

E849. J.W. Benson "The Field Watch", 13J, c1903.

J.W. Benson "The Field Watch" from c1903 (the inscription limits the dates to 1901 until c1906). It is a slow train movement with a true English Lever escapement, 13 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with gold timing screws and a diamond end stone. It runs in all positions but the mainspring is worn and would need to be replaced if the watch was re-cased for use. Winds at 3. Maximum diameter 43.8mm, top plate diameter 38.0mm.

Oxford Pocket Watches: E849 J.W. Benson The Field Watch, 13J, c 1903 &emdash; E849 (4)


STOCK £70 More pictures on Zenfolio



Watch movements. E848f

E848. J.W. Benson Ludgate, 13J, c1903.

J.W. Benson "The Ludgate" from c1903 (the inscription limits the dates to 1901 until c1906). It is a slow train movement with a true English Lever escapement, 13 Jewels and an over-sprung cut compensating balance with gold timing screws. It runs in all positions but the mainspring is worn and would need to be replaced if the watch was re-cased for use. Winds at 12. Maximum diameter 41.4mm, top plate diameter 39.5mm.

E848 J.W. Benson Ludgate c 1903 (3)


STOCK £50 More pictures on Zenfolio



Watch movements. E850f

E850. J.W. Benson "The Keyless Ludgate Watch", 13J, c1895

J.W. Benson "The Keyless Ludgate Watch" from the 1890's. It is a slow train movement with a true English Lever escapement, 13 Jewels and an over-sprung cut compensating balance with gold timing screws. It runs in all positions and keeps good time. Winds at 3. Maximum diameter 43.4mm, top plate diameter 38.0 mm.

E850 J.W. Benson Keyless Ludgate 13J c1895 (3)


STOCK £50 More pictures on Zenfolio



Recently Sold Watches

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Watch movements. Field168764f

E276. J.W. Benson "The Field Watch", 13J, c 1893.

J.W. Benson "The Field Watch" from the 1890's. It is a slow train movement with a true English Lever escapement, 13 Jewels and a Breguet sprung cut compensating balance with gold timing screws. It runs in all positions but the mainspring is worn and would need to be replaced if the watch was re-cased for use. Winds at 12. Maximum diameter 44.8mm, top plate diameter 39.9mm.

SOLD £60 More pictures on Zenfolio.



Watch movements. Chronof

Chronograph & Centre Seconds Watches

Traditional early English Chronographs also known as "Doctors" watches as the centre seconds hand aided the taking of a patients pulse rate, have a completely different layout to a "normal" watch to facilitate the seconds hand. They also have a simple stop start mechanism operated by a slider switch, this operates by completely stopping the movement so that the time has to be reset after use. There is also no facility to reset the seconds hand. Due to the risk of accidentally sliding the switch and the impractical nature of the stop / start function many of these chronographs have had the stop function disabled or removed.

Most English chronographs of this type are in large sizes between size 18 and size 22 or more and make substantial time pieces, many were made as hunters of half hunters in silver but very few survive with their cases which have long since gone to the smelters. The above example is a rare 15 jewel size 16 half hunter chronograph, Swiss made in the English Style dating from 1880.

Later, the stop function was dropped and smaller conventional movements converted to have centre seconds hands.



Watch movements. S796f

More complex chronographs were later developed primarily by the Swiss which incorporated a facility to reset the seconds hand to zero, to start it and to stop it, normally by repeated pressings of the crown, without stopping the main movement. These would often have additional dials to allow times to be recorded greater than 60 seconds and to incorporate a "normal" subsidiary seconds hand that does not stop with the centre seconds hand.

Further complications included the "split seconds" chronograph which had to centre seconds hand which could be stopped independently allowing for example the timing of the first and second in a race.



Discounted Watches - mainly re-cased

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Watch movements. recase

Here you will find watches that do not come up to the standard I would like but are in my view too good to be used for spares. Movements will normally be of the same mechanical standard as others on the web site and will normally carry my usual 12 See here for warranty information but something else is not right, usually one of the following:
Marriages: This is when someone has but a movement into a case previously used by a different movement. Usually this will be identified from witness marks left on the case by the case screws from the previous movement (see picture right) or by the case being of the wrong era or having earlier hallmarks than the known date of the movement.

A case younger than the movement does not necessarily mean that a case has been reused, a movement may have been put into a newly made case following wear or damage, this is most likely to happen with movements in standard watch cases but I also see it with gold and silver cases that have the same serial number as the movement so they clearly belong together.

Many of the marriages will be ones I bought in and only found out when it arrived that it was a marriage, others I will have made when I have had to scrap a case belonging to one watch and a movement from another. If you don't mind the marriage these will be good value being 15 - 25% cheaper (and more if combined with other issues) than a correctly case watch.

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