Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

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    Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    Wondered if my impression of high quality of this recently obtained old Brit by a specialist collector, not me, is justified and that Wright was a respected maker?
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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    great looking movement and great looking hands

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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    It smacks of French influences, hands and Filigree work are very nicely made and executed, wonderful example.

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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    Oh my, what a lovely thing. You should trust your instincts on this one.

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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    This snippet would suggest so.

    Revolution in time: clocks and the ... - Google Books

    and this http://www.ahsoc.demon.co.uk/AHS%20l...20articles.pdf

    indexes the article for 1974 - vol 9/7.

    BTW, The Poultry is a street in London near to the Bank of England.
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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    From the Marrick reference the famous Earnshaw made 1784 Wright 2228 and others. Perrhaps he made this one 2437? At least we know this example is newer than 1784. It is a jeweled movement but not the cylinder which seems a lot like the 50 year earlier George Grahm cylinder. I have 1737 Grahm 5571 that for finish quality looks inferior to the Wright.
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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    It appears to have four hands...what other functions? Oh sorry, I see its a stopwatch, so hours, minutes seconds, stop-seconds I guess!
    Tick Talk says, "A watch in the hand is worth two on the wrist"

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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    Great watches by great names in the world of Horology, especially the Graham. I wouldn't say
    the Graham looks inferior to the Wright...square pillars, diamond endstone and I know the Graham
    is a Ruby cylinder. In fact both these watches would undoubtably be of the highest quality and
    technology available 250+ years ago, amazing condition for their age.
    Great pics.

    The wright has three hands, the center seconds having a very long counterpoise.

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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    Was Brequet first with the ruby cylinder? Grahm first to make a practical cylinder. The source for the 1737 Grahm who had it for many years said it was not a ruby.. He otherwise accurately described the case, dial and hands an 1812 update. Hope Radger is right. It will be a first if he is not. Now I have to get my lazy self looking for accurate movement description.

    Later: Read that the cylinder ruby surface was probably first used by John Arnold 1764. Brequet most famous for its use. Grahm died 1751. Maybe in later Grahm named watches.
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    Re: Old Wright cylinder London stopwatch.

    OOps, my bad, artB.
    My memories going, did you ever post an antique English
    watch with a Ruby cylinder?
    I wonder where I dragged that nugget from.

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