GARRARD & Co Ltd 'Crown Jewellers' 112 Regent St, London
English cased wristwatch with interesting De Haviland provenance. Slim 9ct gold Dennison case, the snap on back engraved from 'the Directors of the De Haviland Aircraft Co Ltd' to H E W Snoxell...1940 - 1960, hallmarked Birmingham 1959. Good quality 15 jewel Swiss movement. Detached lever escapement. Monometallic balance, spiral balance-spring. Silvered dial with a mix of gilt batons and numerals, matching gilt hands. 31 mm diameter, an ideal size for the smaller wrist.
Garrard & Co, formerly the Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company, one of the leading London watch retailers of the period, as well as being the Crown Jewellers.
The De Haviland Aircraft Company, then operating from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, one of the most famous names in English aircraft production, the first to produce a passenger jet as well as the Mosquito and the wonderful Gipsy and Tiger Moth biplanes - Amy Johnson flew from England to Australia solo in a Gipsy Moth in 1930. It became fully part of the Hawker Siddeley Company in 1964, having been owned by them from 1959.
In fine original condition showing few signs of wear other than to the outside of the box, the latter retaining two original notes issued by Garrards concerning care of the watch. On new/old stock tan leather strap. Cleaned and guaranteed.