Only Online Auction

Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 239

William B. Crisp
56-hour going marine chronometer, power reserve; mahogany and brass

CHF 800 - 1,600

EUR 720 - 1,440 / USD 850 - 1,700 / HKD 6,600 - 13,200

Sold: CHF 1,000

Mahogany and brass, 56-hour going, key-winding, marine chronometer, with bowl mounted on a gimbal (inside a two-body glazed box); silver colour dial with radial Roman numerals with subsidiary seconds at 6 and one horological complication:
· 56-hour power-reserve indication (sector at 12 o’clock)

Click to full view Click to full view
Image Image

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-31



Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand William B. Crisp, London (81 St. John Street Road)

Model “Maker to the Admiralty”

Year circa 1860-1865

Movement No. 650

Case No. unnumbered

Material mahogany and brass

Diameter 125 mm. (bezel)

Caliber fusee and chain, spring detent escapement, cut bimetallic compensated balance with poising screws and blued steel free-sprung cylindrical hairspring

Height 140 mm.

Width 192 mm.

Thickness 189 mm.

Signature dial and movement

Accessories crank winding- and hand- setting brass key (numbered 5 134)


Crisp, William Baker (1825-1895)

Born in 1825, he’s recorded as working as a clockmaker in London at 81 St. John Street, Clerkenwell, from circa 1858 until 1865, before he moved to 174 St. John Street and finally to 133 Liverpool Road.

Crisp worked for the great chronometer maker Robert Molyneux and was a founder member of the British Horological Institute in 1858, becoming a well-known commentator on chronometer matters.

Crisp was made bankrupt in 1879 and died in the Clockmakers’ Asylum in New Southgate in 1895. His son of the same name was also known maker.


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

Important notice – Special conditions Please look carefully at all the photos as they are an integral part of the description. Any defect not mentioned in the descriptions but visible on the photos will be considered as described and cannot lead to any claim. The dimensions are given as an indication and may slightly differ from the measures mentioned by the manufacturers especially for contemporary watches. The photos are not retouched. Colors may differ from reality. For timepieces, we guarantee neither the functioning nor the precision of the movement, nor the water-resistance of the case. In addition, please note that movements, parts of mechanisms or cases may be incomplete. The lots are sold “as is”, described to the best of our knowledge and cannot be returned. Once the online bid is placed by the bidder, it cannot be cancelled.