The watch has a key wound movement by the Lancashire Watch Company which is working nicely. The movement would have been bought in to be cased and prepared for onward retail by H Samuel, and in fact the movement is signed H.Samuel, Market Street, Manchester. The movement is protected by an inner fitted cover.
Harriet Samuel took over her father-in-law's clock-making business in 1862 in Liverpool, she renamed the business H Samuel and moved the business to Manchester Market Street where she ran the company as a mail order business.
Later on, Harriet’s son concentrated on the retail side of the business, and the first H Samuel retail store opened in Preston in 1890, closely followed by branches in Rochdale and throughout Lancashire. Since then the company has become nationwide with branches in many British High Streets today.
The watch measures 54.8mm diameter excluding the stem and the loop. The case is silver and there are hallmarks inside the two back covers for Chester 1903 with a case maker's mark for H Samuel. It is in very nice condition. The inside of the back cover also has a 1927 inscription, possibly the name of a previous owner.
The acrylic lens is in nice condition.
The off-white dial is signed H Samuel, Manchester. The dial has a very faint hairline crack at 1 o'clock although hardly noticeable to the naked eye. Lovely ornate hands, a sunken subsidiary seconds dial and an outer minute track.
The watch will be sent in a new presentation box.
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