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Hi everyone,
I recently purchased an English doctors watch, with a hack feature, I don't know much about it accept that it was made around 1877 and its a doctors watch, so I was wondering if you experienced horologists would know anything about it.
Best regards Francesco.

 
Posts: 226 | Location: Johannesburg, South Africa | Registered: November 19, 2012
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Posts: 226 | Location: Johannesburg, South Africa | Registered: November 19, 2012
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Side with hack feature switch

 
Posts: 226 | Location: Johannesburg, South Africa | Registered: November 19, 2012
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Cuvette

 
Posts: 226 | Location: Johannesburg, South Africa | Registered: November 19, 2012
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Case Stamps

 
Posts: 226 | Location: Johannesburg, South Africa | Registered: November 19, 2012
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D&M Hyams Manchester, No 43670

 
Posts: 226 | Location: Johannesburg, South Africa | Registered: November 19, 2012
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Hi Francesco

Nice Watch !

Hallmarked London; Sterling silver; 1877. Makers mark is not readable to me ( something ending with W).

D & S Hyams were David and Manis Hyams, Jewellers 61 Queen's-crescent; Haverstock Hill. Their partnership was disoolved apr 9th 1888.

The movement is the typical british 3/4 movement with the known plain look. The escapement has a right angle lever and likely a pointed tooth escape wheel.

The so called 'Doctor's watches' were polular in the United Kingdoms second half 19th century.
They had a sweep second or better a center second and a hacking mechanism (start stop). The mechanism was simply a thin wire attached to the switch that stops the balance. Disadvantage of this mechanism: it stops the watch so the time sync is lost. Advantage one could stop and measure short time periods.
I do not know if the hacking was used more often to realy stop for measurement or to sync the watch to an accurate clock.

Regards
Gerald
 
Posts: 742 | Location: Wertheim in Germany | Registered: February 21, 2009
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Francesco,
Nice watch. I've wondered about the term "doctor's watch" as well (although not enough to actually research it Roll Eyes), so thanks for posting this.
Evan
 
Posts: 995 | Location: Pleasanton, California in the USA | Registered: September 22, 2012
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Ladies with red sweep second hands are nurses watch. They are designed to take pulses.
 
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