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The smallest full plate watch I've seen so far...

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This post is about a watch I recently got. Looking through the watches offered in Gliwice, I noticed one key set from the front and remarkably thick for it's size.
It definitely did not look Swiss, and the hallmarks on the case confirmed it was English. Of course, there are many Swiss movements cased in English silver, but the front setting and remarkable thickness made my assumption quite safe.
The watch could not be opened, due to a tight bezel, so I just checked if it was ticking and bought it.
I paid $50, so a 'safe' price, so to say.

The watch is small, with just 40mm od overall diameter (excl. pendant), so very small for a full plate.
Yes - it turned out to be a late English full plate movement...



There it is in parts, during cleaning.
The movement was oxidated and covered with fingerprints, that luckily cleaned off nicely.
The watch has a angle Swiss lever escapement, indicating late period of English watchmaking...



The movement is still pin-plate, though. There are signs of repair on the 4th wheel bearing, simply punched tighter it was.
Looking at the logo, this movement was made by British Watch Co or maybe it's precedesor.

Assembling on reveals an interesting feature. Unlike the other BWCo watch I've worked on, this one has no 'dummy barrel' in the works, instead it has a separate key-windnig arbor that drives the barrel arbor. This assures the 'correct' winding direction.



The PRISTINE dial has three (pinned) feet.
The regulator had been repaired as well (the piece holding the hairspring between the pins was replaced). The repair not too classy, but works...



The hairspring stud is screwed down to the plate and the decorated balance cock comes on top.
The movement has a dust ring held by two small screws on the top plate.



The watch has a lovely, silver case.
It's beautifully decorated and almost not worn off at all.



The minute hand seems replaced.



Caseback again - beautiful



And the movement. It's a 7-jewel nothing-special movement, but - like I said - very small for a full plate.
It works so-so and I think the mainspring is weak.
Keeps reasonable time.

I think it was a well spent $50. Adorable antique!
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  1. Jeff Hess's Avatar
    awesome
  2. doc_fields's Avatar
    If the movement would have been junk, the case and dial are great looking enough to display. Excellent find!.............doc
  3. pmwas's Avatar
    It's in amazing condition - all the details so sharp
  4. Allan C. Purcell's Avatar
    The trade mark on your watch is that of W. Ehrhardt London. You will find a full history on the net. Try W. Ehrhardt Coventry.(Or Birmongham).

    Regards,

    Allan.
    Updated 09-05-2017 at 01:58 PM by Allan C. Purcell
  5. pmwas's Avatar
    Ehrhardt - that's the one
    I read about him when I was doing research on my British Watch Co watch. I just couldn't remember the name
  6. Jerry Treiman's Avatar
    These small ladies' full-plate movements are incredibly cute if well-executed. I have one the same size, in a hunting case. Mine is keyless and hallmarked for 1888.

    http://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?1...=1#post1081811
    Updated 09-18-2017 at 10:18 PM by Jerry Treiman