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    My first fusee

    Picked it up yesterday at a bric a brac store that had a lot of broken watches. I picked this up rocked it to and fro and it started ticking away. (that feeling never gets old)



    There was a key with it so I knew it had some age. I wanted to look at the movement. The store holder tried to get the back dust cover off and was using a screwdriver to pry it . When he reached for a hammer, I said don't worry I'll take it. It was very cheap so I thought I'd take the risk. Got me wondering how all the other poor watches may have broke.



    At home and with closer inspection I realised it had no dust cover at the back. A hinge sat at 12 and a small lever sat below the 6 position.





    Here's the dust cover. Just need to slide this blued steel arc lock and the cover comes off.





    And below is the chain and fusee pyramid cog (suspect terminology)





    I've worked out Chester and Sterling silver but I'm stuck after that. Its a little beauty and is ticking away, seems to be gaining about 5 mins every 2 hours but I'm not too concerned about using it a precision time piece. Will have my watchmaker look at it though.

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    Re: My first fusee

    AWWWE-SOMMME...Congrats. What a beaut.

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    That is just beautiful, and at 13 jewels quite high grade!

    The hallmarks are for Chester 1876. The pyramid cog if the fusee itself. It's gaining probably because the barrel/fusee/centre wheel holes need bushing an/or the mainspring is tired. The seconds hand has broken off but it should be easy to find a replacement.

    The one on the right is also Chester, 1876


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    Re: My first fusee

    Thanks aditya,

    Here it is after a quick polish. It seems to have settled and is not gaining any more time at the moment. I will source another second hand for it :)



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    Re: My first fusee

    Quote Originally Posted by James A View Post
    It seems to have settled and is not gaining any more time at the moment.
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    That's nice! I should think this indicates gummed up oil that has been loosened. I would not wind it again till it is a serviced. Gummed up oil is an abrasive and a broken chain is the last thing you want

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    Nice one, especially when it was that affordable. I also have a soft spot for these PWs,just hesitating for its service since it needs different kind of knowledge on timepieces and I know only overseas connections who are skilled with this kind of job.
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    Re: My first fusee

    Nice find & awesome that it's working well.
    I collect and restore English fusee watches as a hobby, both verge & lever [yours is a lever] escapement and agree with the other member's comment that you need it servicing soon and by someone specialising in these watches as they are a different ballgame to modern movements...in a lot of respects easier to service but it takes particular skills to acquire which are easy once you know how!
    I'm not a professional so I would not take on servicing work for people, not least because if I did it would be an insult to properly trained watchmakers [rather than self-taught amateurs like me]. However, I could highly recommend Mike Kibby in the UK if you have to post abroad Michael Kibby watch repair & servicing
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    Re: My first fusee

    Westcott George Henry
    born in Liverpool 1847 watchmaker in 26 Platt Street (1867)
    moved to Melville Place (1870) married with Eliza Frances Beecham

    regards enrico
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    silver case was made by Hugh Green 20 Pownall Square Liverpool
    regards enrico
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    Re: My first fusee

    Thanks everyone,

    @ Emre , I can understand how you have a soft spot for these :) . Best luck with your piece.

    @ Profundus, Thanks for the info. I will take aditya's advice and not wind it until it has been serviced. I know a watchmaker who also collects PW's so I will see what he has to say and then consider your man in the UK.

    @ eri231 , thanks for fleshing out the makers of this watch. Always love to know it's background. Actually reading up on Fusee history was very interesting... Fusee is French for spindle and the British navy used them for chronometers and only phased them out in the 1970's.

    Fusee (horology) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    again thanks and regards,

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