F. T. London split seconds chronograph

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  1. TJ Cornish

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    I'm interested in this watch. F.T. London doesn't bring up very much information. Does anyone know anything about this - age, original manufacturer (if FT London is a private label), etc?

    Thanks in advance,
    TJ

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  2. gmorse

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    Hi TJ,

    'FT' is the case maker, and probably stands for Frederick Thoms, one of the very best case makers of his day, but a clear picture of the hallmarks will confirm this, as well as the assay date.

    The movement has the stamp for Stauffer & Co, an importer of Swiss watches with an office in London and links to manufacturers in Switzerland.

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    Graham
     
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    Hi TJ,

    Here's a link to David Boettcher's website with information on Stauffer.

    Regards,

    Graham
     
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    David did a wonderful job on the Stauffer piece and if you read all the way to the bottom, I believe you will find the watch that started this discussion.
     
  5. TJ Cornish

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    Thanks - yes, that does seem to be the watch, which gets me at least to post-1901, which was the date of the chronograph patent.
     

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