ASTRAL WATCH Co, England, [WILLIAMSON, Coventry]. No 211480


£ 245.00

A good example of this interesting firms work, unusually named.

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Silver engine-turned Dennison case with 'DQ' (Dennison Quality) safety bow, hallmarked Birmingham 1926. Williamson's nickel finished and spotted three-quarter plate keyless going-barrel movement with exposed winding wheels, the top plate stamped PAT No 21180 and FIVE ADJUSTMENTS. Straight-line detached lever escapement with steel club-tooth escape. Compensation balance, blued-steel balance-spring with overcoil. One-piece enamel dial in perfect condition, signed and bearing Williamson's Coventry Astral Star trademark, blued-steel hands. 49 mm diameter. 

Williamson Patent No 21180, September 1913 - the mounting of winding wheels in keyless watches. Founded by Henry Williamson in 1865, they became an increasingly more important English wholesale and retail firm as they acquired the business of Charles Hutton Errington of Coventry in 1895 and the remnants of the English Watch Company in 1897. With a head office in London, Williamson produced mainly machine-made pocket watches and some wristwatches in Coventry (see attached advert). 

NB: This is Williamson's standard 7-jewel model but it is in fine condition and is the only time I have seen the ASTRAL WATCH Co name used, possibly on models intended for export.

The Birmingham based firm of A L Dennison, originally set up by Aaron Dennison, one of the founders of the American watch industry, the most important English manufacturer of machine-made watch cases - see the book by Philip Priestley Aaron Lufkin Dennison. An Industrial Pioneer and his Legacy.

Case with one minor dent in the band, otherwise in good crisp condition showing few signs of wear. The movement and dial also much better than usually found. Cleaned by its previous owner and appears to be working well (no guarantee), but it can be freshly serviced by me if wanted - likely cost around £150