Thomas Tompion (English, 16391713) was the best known English clockmaker of his day. The original timepiece indicates the hours in Roman numerals and the minutes in Arabic numerals on its chapter ring, with separate, concentrically mounted hands for the hours and minutes, and a separate chapter ring with its own hand for seconds. It also boasts a remarkably early stop mechanism that can be activated to measure short intervals of time.
The Museums dapper watch is adapted from one of master clockmaker Thomas Tompions (English, 16391713) classic timepieces. Tompion was one of the most successful watchmakers in Europe during his lifetime, with customers such as King William III of England and Cosimo III, Duke of Tuscany. The Museums collection includes an extraordinary pair-case watch (1682 83) with a movement by Tompion and an inner case and dial by Nathaniel Delander (English, recorded 1668/9, d. probably before 1697). Delander, one of Tompions preferred casemakers, contributed to the watchs beauty with his fine engraving and matte gold on the dial. 18K gold overlay case. Black croco-patterned leather band. Quartz movement. Imported. Case: 1 1/2”W. Band: adjusts from 6 1/2”L to 8”L.
18K gold overlay case
Black croco-patterned leather band
Band: Adjusts from 6 1/2” to 8”L, Case: 1 1/2”W