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BHB 1991

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I am trying to figure out what I have here. I thought this was an Essex but now I am not sure. It looks like an Essex except the inlay looks like an early Whitby. It does have a 120 movement so I am pretty certain it is not a Whitby. I looked through Tran's book and there does not seem to be one exactly like this. Might be a marriage of sorts.

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I would be tempted to call it a Whitby. Tran's 3d ed. shows the Whitby from, i.a., the 1913 catalogue which describes it as having an "Eight-day, round fine movement." He also shows the Essex from, i.a., the 1913 catalogue, which is also described as having an "Eight-day, round fine movement." Seems they might have had the same movement, at least in 1913. Are they the 120? When was the 120 introduced?
 

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The "round fine movement" found in the Whitby is usually the 48 movement, but some later models have the 120. I think the big difference between the Essex and the Whitby is the height. The Essex is 9 1/2 inches, and the Whitby is 12 inches.
 

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The "round fine movement" found in the Whitby is usually the 48 movement, but some later models have the 120. I think the big difference between the Essex and the Whitby is the height. The Essex is 9 1/2 inches, and the Whitby is 12 inches.
Yes, the height may be the determining factor, after all. Tran shows only one Whitby not described as 12" and that is 11 1/4". Both had the 120 movement at some period (mid to late 1920's, it seems), and to judge from the catalogue illustrations, the Essex actually is closer to BHB's. Sometimes some of these different models came to look a lot like each other.
 
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BHB 1991

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Thanks for the help. Both this clock and my Whitby are between 11 1/4 and 11 1/2 inches tall so it seems it is not an Essex after all. The only Whitby in Tran's book that has a 120, has raised bronze numerals and a fancy inlay under the dial. Still it seems this must be a Whitby. Too bad the label is gone.
 

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