Pair-case watch

Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion British
Case maker: Nathanial Delander British

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 509

This extraordinary watch records seconds on the subsidiary dial above the number VI on the chapter ring for hours and minutes. It also has a remarkably early stop mechanism that can be activated at will in order to measure short intervals of time. The watch is not numbered on the back plate, but it is numbered 175 on the pillar plate and on the inner case.

Pair-case watch, Watchmaker: Thomas Tompion (British, 1639–1713), Outer case: leather with gold studs; inner case and dial: gold with blued-steel hands; movement: gilded brass, partly blued steel, silver, British, London

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