AWWCo, Waltham, U.S.A. No 19067217


£ 345.00

Good American 'Ruby' movement, cased and retailed in England.

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Good looking 15ct gold case with jointed back, snap-on bezel and fixed lugs hallmarked Birmingham 1938, casemaker A.L.D (Dennison). Waltham 17 jewel 0/6 sized model 1889, 'jewel' series movement with nickel damascened finish. Club-tooth detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial with red XII, blued-steel hands. 29 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with its English retailers velvet lined box issued by Parkhouse & Wyatt, Southampton.

The English offices of the American Waltham Watch Company imported many Waltham movements for casing and selling in the UK.

The Dennison Watch Case Company, set up in Birmingham, England by the great American entrepreneur Aaron L Dennison, who had much to do with the founding of the American Waltham Watch Company. His watch case company became the biggest and most successful English company of its type supplying top quality pocket and wristwatch cases from circa 1900 onwards. 15ct cases are, however, most uncommon in English work. NB: This case style is not water-resistant, and all wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.

Parkhouse & Wyatt, High Street, one of Southampton's largest and best known jewellers and retailers of watches. With roots back to 1794, the firm continued to trade under the Parkhouse name as recently as 2017.

The smallest size of movement made by Waltham, this watch being suitable for a smaller wrist, either mens or womens wear. Dial with hair cracks (almost invisible), as usual, otherwise an unusual and stylish wristwatch from this immediate pre-war period. Both watch and its box show some signs of use but are generally in fine condition, the case bearing no presentation engraving or monogram. Fitted with an appropriate (parallel sided, non-padded) new/old stock dark brown open-ended leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed.