c1890 Rare Chester Silver Chronograph Rattrapante Pocket Watch


A very fine and rare Sterling Silver (925) Pocket Watch with Swiss made with double seconds hands Chronograph Rattrapante, in good working condition.

Also called a Double Chronograph, a Rattrapante Chronograph has an additional seconds hand that is exactly aligned with the primary second hand. This additional second hand can be stopped independently to record the timing of splits, or multiple events, occurring simultaneously, e.g. multiple runners in a race. Normal mechanical chronographs, can be extremely complicated mechanisms, with hundreds of small parts which must all operate and interact correctly. A Chronograph Rattrapante is an even more complicated system. As such, these are expensive watches.

This watch a white watch face with Roman numerals and 2 extra additional dials. At 12 o’clock is the chronograph/chronometer minutes. At 6 o’clock is the Seconds hand. The watch has a keyless winder. The backplate and inner dust plate are hallmarked 925 and is numbered 55679. Interestingly, it has the very rare 1887 Merchandise Marks Act import hallmark for Chester. This mark consists of an acorn with oakleaf on either side. It is the first time that we have come across the mark, which lasted till about 1900, as the Swiss introduced the Bear hallmark for Sterling silver. The retailer’s mark A.G.R. is for Arthur George Rendell of Clerkenwell Road, London.

Condition is very good. There is some nibbling to the top edge of the back inner dust cover edge, where a knife or similar unsuitable blade has been used to open it, but this doesn’t detract from the beauty of the watch.

Size face: 41 mm
Size watch: 7 x 5.3 x 2 cm (2 ¾ x 2 1/16 x ¾ inches)
Weight: 101 g