American movement cased and retailed in England.
Lovely two-piece silver ‘swing ring’ case with fixed lugs and flat 'crystal' glass, hallmarked Birmingham 1938, casemaker A.L.D (Dennison Watch Case Co Ltd). Waltham 3/0 size model 1907 movement with nickel damascened finish. Club-tooth detached lever escapement. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Signed enamel dial, blued-steel hands. 34 mm diameter, not including button or lugs. Together with retailers velvet lined box issued by Boodle & Dunthorne, Liverpool.
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. This form of water-resistant swing-ring case is rare, in which the movement sits inside a jointed ring and is accessed from the front via the knurled screw-on bezel, and is even more so in such good condition. NB: Although this case style was sold as water-resistant all wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.
Boodle & Dunthorne, Lord Street, Liverpool, top quality retailers of many fine pocket and wrist watches.
Dial with a small hair crack into the seconds bit at 6, as usual, otherwise a rare and stylish wristwatch of the period, and its box in very good condition. Fitted with a most appropriate (parallel sided, non-padded) new/old stock dark brown leather strap. Winding and working well but not cleaned by me and priced accordingly.
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