DENT ‘Watchmaker to the King’ London. No 61938


Rare all-English made wristwatch with enamel dial, supplied by Rotherhams.

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9ct yellow gold coin-edge case with English button, fixed lugs and jointed back, hallmarked London 1929, casemaker R&S (Rotherham & Son). Rotherham's smaller sized ‘A grade’ three quarter-plate movement. St-line, club-tooth detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Perfect signed enamel dial with Dent’s triangle Trademark, blued-steel hands. 30.5 mm diameter, not including lugs or button.

E Dent & Co, 28 Cockspur St & 4 Royal Exchange, London, one of London’s premier clock watch and chronometer makers, known for Big Ben, but also retailers of best quality English wristwatches. Dents catalogue of circa 1935 shows a range of Rotherham supplied English wristwatches, but not this exact model.

Rotherham & Son, suppliers of most of the good quality wristwatch movements found in English work. Rotherhams produced two basic qualities, both jewelled to the 3rd, the ‘Super Grade’ having separate, screw held jewel settings and the ‘A Grade’ with friction fit jewelling. All survivors are now rare and, in this condition, even more so. For more information about English wristwatches see the short note in my website Glossary, and my illustrated article on ‘English Wristwatches’ in the April 2000 issue of Antique Collecting. NB: This case style is not waterproof and all English wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.

Small part of gold shell lacking from its English button, and some general signs or wear. Otherwise a very rare English wristwatch retailed by this most famous London firm, the case with stylish and decidedly modern case band and lugs. Fitted with new/old stock open-ended black leather strap. Cleaned and guaranteed.