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1881 Centre Seconds Chronograph Fusee Pocket Watch.

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Substantial “Centre Seconds Chronograph” silver fusee pocket watch, by well-documented maker Emanuel Wise, of 33 York Street, Cheetham, Manchester, (then Lancashire).

Born 1843, in Orzesze, Poland, Wise served his watchmaking apprentiship in Glashütte, Germany, training under the auspice of Royal watchmaker Ferdinand Lange. On completion of this illustrious training, c1864, (and perhaps due to escalating political unrest in Germany and the surrounding region at the time), Wise decided to travel to England where he resided with an uncle in Hull, Yorkshire. However, it did not take the young Wise long to settle into his new surroundings, because by 1866, it is recorded that he had become the father to his first daughter Amelia!

By 1871 (then c28 years old), Wise was recorded as residing in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne as a watchmaker for jeweller, Samuel Hyams, by which time Wise was married to Jane, the couple having 5 young children. It was sometime during 1873 that Wise decided to relocate to Manchester, where he set-up his own watchmaking business at 33 York Street (where this lovely chronograph watch would have been made). Such was the success of his operation, that he quickly became established as one Manchester’s (and indeed, the North of England’s), most prolific watchmakers of the day, specialising in the making and assembly of high-quality yet affordable fusee Chronograph and open-faced pocket watches for management level workers of the day. He became a British Citizen in 1877 and anointed an ‘English Freemason’ in 1879 as a “Watchmaker.”

Wise remained at 33 York Street, Manchester until c1887, when the demand for his watches had become so great, that he had to move into larger watchmaking workshops and jewellery premises at 208 York Street, from where “…he employed 4 men.” By this time, he, and wife Jane, were also the parents to 9 children, some of whom followed their father into the family business. By the time of his retirement in c1912, Wise was listed as a “Jewellery Dealer” and was residing with Jane at the affluent address of 2 Heaton Villas, Bury Old Road, Manchester, where he passed away on 2 December 1913. On his death, his personal wealth was valued at £1.6 million when converted into today’s money!!

Hallmarked London 1881, this imposing chronograph has gold hinges and a white enamelled dial with gold main hands and blued sweep centre seconds hand, Roman hour numerals and 0-300 chronograph scale Arabic numerals. The Wise signed fusee movement, has an engraved Coventry Star Mark, (the mark of premium quality), with three-quarter plate, compensated balance, and diamond end stone. The case maker was Alfred Gurney (“AG”), of Smithfield Street, Coventry, and the case and movement serial numbers are the same, “2110”, which is also replicated on the dial face.

The watch comes securely packed with a winding key, together with instructions on how to wind and set the watch time.

Note: This watch does not come with a chain or fob. If you require a silver chain/fob from our large stock, please contact us for advice.
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£415.00  UK
$530.25  USA
487.58  EU
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DimensionsDiameter: 60mm Weight: 165g Date 1881  Late Victorian Antiques Material Silver Origin English Condition The watch is in superb general condition and in full working order. Item code as1070a128 / TWW/2213 Status For Sale

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