John Arnold. A fine and rare silver open face chronometer pocket watch owned by the Horologist and Naval Commander Captain Jauncey No.21, Circa 1775

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John Arnold. A fine and rare silver open face chronometer pocket watch owned by the Horologist and Naval Commander Captain Jauncey
No.21, Circa 1775

Sold for £ 27,500 (US$ 36,626) inc. premium
John Arnold. A fine and rare silver open face chronometer pocket watch owned by the Horologist and Naval Commander Captain Jauncey
No.21, Circa 1775
Gilt full plate movement with pierced and engraved balance cock, diamond end stone, spring detent escapement, steel bi-metallic z-balance, round pillars, white enamel dial with Roman hours and outer Arabic five minute markers, blued steel spade hands, subsidiary seconds at 6, polished silver hinged case stamped TH for Thomas Hardy, dial and movement signed
63mm.

Footnotes

  • According to Cecil Clutton in his book Collector's Collection, p.29, this watch, previously owned by Captain J.H. Jaunsey, originally had a pivoted detent, plain balance, spiral spring and spiral compensation curb. It was rebuilt in 1797 by Arnold, (he frequently 'upgraded' his watches and he has suggested that only ten watches remain with pivoted detents), with a helical spring and steel 'Z-balance'. Arnold also has the case remade which is marked T.H for Thomas Hardy.

    Captain H. Jauncey (1889-1958) began what was to become a long and distinguished career in the Royal Navy in 1901. Most notably he was awarded the Medaille d'Honneur de Sauvetage for his heroic rescue of the entire crew of a torpedoed French ship during the First World War. He was placed on the retired lists as Commander in 1932, when he took the opportunity to go into business with Philip Clowes at 62 Beauchamp Place, (Clowes & Jauncey 1932-39), who specialised in antiquarian horology. The two secured some of the most important chronometers for the National Maritime Museums collection in its early years. Clowes became a director at Frodshams in 1942, and in 1946 the Company moved to 173 Brompton Road. Clowes died on June 26th 1951, aged just 45. Jauncey returned to the Navy in 1939, retiring in 1946, and died on Sep 24th 1958.

    See Collector's Collection by Cecil Clutton, p.29, and the obituary from The Horological Journal, October 1958, p.647

    With thanks to Rory McEvoy, Curator of Horology, Royal Observatory Greenwich.
    And also with thanks to Charles Frodsham & Co.
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John Arnold. A fine and rare silver open face chronometer pocket watch owned by the Horologist and Naval Commander Captain Jauncey No.21, Circa 1775
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