Rare top quality American movement cased and retailed in England.
Heavy 9ct pink gold Dennison screw back and front crystal (flat glass) case hallmarked Birmingham 1919. Beautifully finished, 19-jewel ‘Riverside Maximus’ stem-set movement, with gold train and jewel settings. Club-tooth detached lever escapement, steel escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Original signed enamel dial in perfect condition with Waltham's classic red 5-minute figures, blued-steel English spade hands. 36mm diameter not including fixed lugs and weighing nearly 45 grams gross. Together with retailers velvet lined box issued by Arnold & Lewis, Manchester.
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 most highly finished movements. These can be rightly considered as good a quality as any watch movement then available. Riverside Maximus was the name give by Waltham to their best quality movements, though variations of jeweling do appear within the same grades.
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 wristwatch cases from circa 1900 onwards.
Arnold & Lewis, late J Simmons, 21 St Ann's Square, Manchester one of the most famous and high class of Manchester stores selling the best quality watches.
A rare and what would have been very expensive wristwatch of the period. In fine condition showing just a few signs of wear and without any previous presentation engraving on the case. Fitted with appropriate 1/2 inch open-ended new/old stock brown leather strap. Serviced and guaranteed. NB: This case style is not waterproof and all wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.
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