Center Second Chronometer

testguy

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Here's some pictures of the center second chronometer watch. The watch belongs to a friend of mine, and I'm hoping I can tell him about this watch from the responses to this post.
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Brian
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JTD

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The silver hall mark is for Chester in 1899. AW may be Albert Waterfall, a Coventry case maker.

Others will be able to tell you more.

JTD
 

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Hi Brian,

First of all, it isn't a chronometer, it's marked as a chronograph, (the definition of a chronometer varies depending on who you ask and and where!). However, it's just a centre seconds watch with a balance brake, the slider for which should be in the case band near 2 o'clock, and this stops the whole train, so not a true chronograph. It doesn't allow the centre seconds to be started, stopped and reset to zero independently of the rest of the train. They could be used as stop-watches for timing events, but you would need a second watch to tell you the time of day!

Many of these were made in Coventry and were much cheaper to produce than watches with true chronograph complications.

Regards,

Graham
 
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Sorry for the mix up, the watch does say chronograph. thanks for the info. Any idea on date?
 

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