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18 carat gold pocket chronometer by McCabe - Details:
very high grade key-wind English pocket chronometer
is signed “James McCabe, Royal Exchange, London,
193” on the dial and the 18 carat gold case is
stamped ‘193’. The
single fusee movement with Arnold’s spring detent
escapement is engraved “James McCabe, Royal Exchange,
London, 193” on the back plate.
4.5cm white enamel main dial has Roman numerals and
the subsidiary seconds dial has Arabic numbers; both
have gold hands. The
edge of the case is engraved with vertical ribbing
and the back is finely engine-turned. The back opens
to reveal the dust cover, key wind access, and the
inscription: “Presented to Capt. H. Chapman as a mark
of their kind regard by Geo. Saunders, Montague Ainslie,
David Scott, Esquires”. This
precision timepiece has been serviced by Gerald Marsh
of Winchester, England, and is in excellent working
2(5cm) diameter, 5/8( 1.7cm) deep
The highly regarded McCabe firm was founded by James
McCabe, one of three horologist sons of the watch
and clock maker William McCabe of Lisburn, Ireland.
Although McCabe used a wide variety of escapements,
he is particularly associated with the improvement
of the duplex escapement.