Wright & Craighead Karrusel
Fine and scarce silver gilt English 52 minute karrusel antique pocket watch by
Wright & Craighead circa 1896.
Fine frosted gilt 3/4 plate 16 jewel movement.
Fine white enamel dial with bold numerals and blued steel hands.
Frosted gilt silver case with the admiralty broad arrow on the dust cover.
The karrusel is similar to the tourbillon, but with the carriage driven by
the third wheel, not the forth wheel. Like the tourbillon it was designed to eliminate
errors of timekeeping in the vertical positions. It consists of a rotating carriage
carrying the escapement with the balance in the center. The
karrusel mechanism is stronger and less delicate than the tourbillon. It
was invented in England by Bonniksen in 1893, and this watch is
marked with Bonniksen's patent under the top plate.
"HS" on the dust cover indicates that this watch was used by the British Admiralty
Hydrographic Stores and the "2" indicates a chronometer grade deck watch.
Diameter 56 mm
NOTE: The small circles or shadows in some of our photos
are reflections of the camera lens. Since this watch is much smaller than in the
enlarged photos, a tiny blemish or imperfection that you could not see when looking
at the actual watch can appear very large in the photos.