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    Rice Williamson of London 18th Century verge

    New catch. A verge watch by Rice Williamson of London.
    It is a very old - damaged and repeatedly repaired in the past - watch, and surely the oldest I've got by far.
    I took it apart and cleaned it...

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    The barrel and the fusee first. The fusee has a pinned ring that holds it together. There is only one click in the fusee and the click is a little loose as well, so the fusee is a tad unstable, so to say...

    Now you'll see that it's not only the early New York Standard that used to have a worm in it...

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    There is a worm gear that acts as the click wheel.
    Operated from the side with a small key (I made mine of an old female stem bit, likely Elgin's) it will wind the mainspring a bit for initial tension.
    Assembling this verge would not be difficult, if not all the damage and wear.
    The biggest problem is the chain - it's probably not original, a tad too big and the hook does not hold on to the fusee pin properly (jumps off), so I had to use very little pre-tension on the mainspring.
    I will likely replace this chain in the future...
    Notice also the broken pillar!


    The watch has a broken regulator.
    It had been soldered once, but broke again, so I just installed half of it...

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    Nearly ready :)
    The balance staff had once been repaired, by gluing the upper bit to the rest. Not too good, but works...

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    Also, the balance cock had been modified, fitted with a new bearing and bent up a bit...

    The dial has three feet and is fitted to a metal ring that is then mounted to the movement:

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    The movement now completed!

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    Nice, isn't it?
    Casing. The watch has just the inner case, does not have the outer case, lost at some point...

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    The minute hand is ridiculous, made of an oversized hour hand, but - in fact - it matches the dial much better than anything I have in stock...

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    The hallmarks inside the case are worn and unreadable - they doo look like London hallmarks, that's it.
    I could not take a clear picture of them, but one is almost invisible, ant the other worn flat...

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    According to a Friend from NAWCC message board, this watch dates to circa 1730s.
    It's also a small watch with the diameter of just 40mm. I expected to get something bigger and yet... it's a small, almost orb-shaped watch.

    It works, a tad slow and stops in some positions, but I'm still quite fond of it. It's a very old micromachine, still ticking merrily. So nice :)

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    Re: Rice Williamson of London 18th Century verge

    Very nice! Kudos
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    Re: Rice Williamson of London 18th Century verge

    Very interesting piece. I'm in slight awe that the hairspring on the balance is working at all.

    Thanks for showing.

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    Re: Rice Williamson of London 18th Century verge

    These watches used to have short hairsprings. Actually, it's still kind of slow ;)

    In fact - I'm truly amazed by this watch made in 1700s. It's nowhere near XX century watches technologically, but still - it's amazing what people were able to make in times before electricity and steam engine ;)
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    Re: Rice Williamson of London 18th Century verge

    It's also a magical feeling - this timepiece remembers the times of Haendel, Mozart, Haydn, it kept ticking in through the times of American revoultion, French revolution, Napoleon wars, The fall of the Kingdom of Poland and Lithuania (it's actually the first watch I have made before the fall of Poland in 18th Century) - it's just amazing. All these things we learn in history lessons, that seem so far, far away - this watch has 'seen'. It's truly magical - it's like there is a certain spell around such objects. If only they could talk, as it's often said...
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    Re: Rice Williamson of London 18th Century verge

    Agreed. Although yours is some 200 years later than those early Nuremberg eggs you can still see in the shape of yours how that name came into usage.

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    Re: Rice Williamson of London 18th Century verge

    Sure :)
    Top of my wishlist now - a 17th Century watch. But I'm not thinking if it now, now I'm just super happy with this one :)
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    Re: Rice Williamson of London 18th Century verge

    Only a certain type of person could even touch a watch like this.

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