This promising miniaturization is extremely difficult to realize. Mudge demonstrated his first functional copy to the king in 1770. In 1781 Josiah Emery, a Swiss settled in London, began a series for rich customers. He died in 1797. His total production of lever watches is estimated at 38 units.
Vice-Admiral Nelson was concerned with controlling time. On the morning of the Battle of Trafalgar, October 21, 1805, he takes out his Emery chronometer watch and gathers his officers to check that their watches are set to his own time reference.
He is killed in the battle. His corpse is immersed in a cask of brandy to ensure a suitable repatriation and his personal belongings are carefully set aside.
The Emery watch will enter by inheritance in 1835 in the ownership of the hero's niece. She understands the historical significance of the piece which she has fitted into the frame of a carriage clock with the inscription 'The Chronometer of Horatio Viscount Nelson. Worn by Him at The Battle of Trafalgar, placed in this case by his niece Charlotte Mary, Lady Bridport, to be preserved for any one of her descendents who may enter the Navy'.
Considering its serial number 1104, this watch was manufactured by Emery circa 1787. Nelson did not have it at the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and it was too expensive for his means. The hypothesis of a reward presented for his victories is plausible. It is estimated £ 250K for sale by Sotheby's in London on July 4, lot 72.
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SOLD for £ 320K including premium