AWWCo, Waltham, Mass ‘Riverside’ No 27289256


Top quality American movement cased and retailed in England.

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18ct gold case hallmarked Birmingham 1924, casemaker A.L.D (Dennison Watch Case Co Ltd). Well finished, 21-jewel ‘Riverside’ movement, with gold train and jewel settings. Club-tooth lever escapement with steel escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Unusual signed enamel dial with red 12 and 24-hour indication, blued-steel hands. 32 mm diameter, not including lugs or button. Together with retailers velvet lined box issued by Wilson & Gill, London.

The English offices of the American Waltham Watch Company imported many Waltham movements for casing and selling here, but only rarely does one come across their more highly finished movements. These can be rightly considered as good a quality as any movement then available. 'Riverside' and 'Riverside Maximus' were the names give by Waltham to their best quality movements, though variations of jeweling do appear within the different grades – this Riverside being finished with 21 jewels, as opposed to the normal 19 jewels found in most Riverside Maximus movements

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 wristwatch cases from circa 1900 onwards.

Wilson & Gill, 137-14 Regent Street, London, retailers of good quality pocket and wrist watches.

Dial with small hair crack into the seconds bit, as usual, a small scratch on the glass and the gold shell of the original button showing some wear. Otherwise a rare and unusual wristwatch of the period, its box also in good condition. On hardly worn black leather open-ended strap. Winding and working OK but not serviced by me and priced accordingly..

NB: This case style is not waterproof and all wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.