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    Marine Chronometer by Reid & Sons

    Its been a long time since I posted anything, here´s a recent one I got...

    Reid & Sons Newcastle upon Tyne, it says on the dial, although someone spoiled the lettering by trying to clean it with something which didn´t work well.
    The Chronometer came with the extract of rates, as it was entered on trial for purchase by the board of admiralty in 1912.
    A rare piece indeed, as it has a Bonniksen carousel movement, at the time considered to be more acurate than than a tourbillon, because the carousel turned once in 52.5 minutes as oposed to Ca once a minute on the tourbillion.
    Here what the Crott auctioneers wrote on a prior sale:
    "Carousel" watches are a design by the Danish watchmaker B. Bonniksen, who registered the patent in 1892 in England. His intention was to create a compromise between the "expensive" tourbillon and a normal chronometer - and he actually achieved better results with his carousel than some did with tourbillons. In 1899 Richard Lange improved the design and received a protection of utility patent D.R.G.M 121267 for it. The escapement in a carousel with auxiliary seconds revolves in 52.5 minutes, and thus avoids the variation caused by gravity. Lange only ever produced a small number of carousel watches, most of them in gold cases.
    Source: Reinhard Meis "A. Lange & Söhne" published by Callwey, page 180.

    I´ve been on the hunt for one for years, last week was my lucky day ;-)



















    Here´s a link explaining the two
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f82wjlU30Gg
    Last edited by Geronimo; 7th December 2019 at 13:55.

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    Congratulations, that is a fabulous piece.

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    What a nice thing to have!

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    I think Reid & Sons are still to be found in Newcastle.

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    You have something very special in your hands,how accurate is it nowadays?












    No mention of only fools and horses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwest76 View Post
    You have something very special in your hands,how accurate is it nowadays?

    Under 1 second deviation per day, I was told this could be regulated to even better resuls after a service!










    No mention of only fools and horses.

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    That's a cracker!!!!

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    That really is a beautiful thing.

    Edited to add: You may wish to consider THIS company if you want to look into having the dial lettering sympathetically restored.
    Last edited by Skier; 13th December 2019 at 08:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skier View Post
    That really is a beautiful thing.

    Edited to add: You may wish to consider THIS company if you want to look into having the dial lettering sympathetically restored.
    Very helpfull, thanks for the link...

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    Cracking watch. Does it have a chronometer (detent) escapement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    Cracking watch. Does it have a chronometer (detent) escapement?
    The board of Admiralty only accepted Chronometer watches (as can be seen on the document) ...
    Here are a few explainations as to what was/is considered a detent movement!

    https://www.timeandwatches.com/p/the...om-marine.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geronimo View Post
    The board of Admiralty only accepted Chronometer watches (as can be seen on the document) ...
    Here are a few explainations as to what was/is considered a detent movement!

    https://www.timeandwatches.com/p/the...om-marine.html
    So it does, even more envious now

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    How accurate is it running?

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    that is an amazing piece. Congratulations !

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    What a fantastic find!

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    Congratulations! And, thank you for sharing photos and information about it; it's both gorgeous and fascinating.
    How do you or are you intending on displaying it (at home?)? I think there could be a number of interesting possibilities.
    It could be quite a centrepiece or item of interest in (almost) any room.

    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.Pottinger View Post
    Congratulations! And, thank you for sharing photos and information about it; it's both gorgeous and fascinating.
    How do you or are you intending on displaying it (at home?)? I think there could be a number of interesting possibilities.
    It could be quite a centrepiece or item of interest in (almost) any room.

    Thanks again.
    It's going to be hard to highlight it in my watch room... ;-(
    Last edited by Geronimo; 17th January 2020 at 18:05.

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