James Perry, a watchmaker of 54 Rugby Place, Brighton, applied for a patent for a ‘Combined Alarm, Clock, and Water Heating Apparatus‘ in 1898. I have found nobody of this name at this address, and it is a residential property, so it seems likely that James Perry either rented rooms here, or used this address as a mailing address.
One possible watchmaker who I have found was born in Richmond, Surrey on 9th December 1859. He married Catherine Seach in 1887, and moved to Shepperton, Middlesex. The family then moved to Southwick, near Hove, some time between 1893 and 1901. James died in the Brighton registration area in 1928, and his widow later lived in Coombe Road, Brighton. James Perry does not seem to have submitted any other patent applications.
Another possible watchmaker was James Perry, born in Sandwich, Upper Canada, North America, in about 1840. He was working as a jeweller in Taunton, Somerset, in 1861.