Top quality American O-size movement cased as a wristwatch and retailed in England.
Heavy 9ct rose gold Dennison screw back and front crystal (flat glass) case hallmarked Birmingham 1916. Beautifully finished, 19-jewel ‘Riverside Maximus’ stem-set movement, with gold train and jewel settings. Club-tooth detached lever escapement with polished steel escape. Compensation balance, balance-spring with overcoil. Original signed enamel dial in perfect condition with Waltham's classic red 5-minute figures, with the original Waltham spade hands. 36mm diameter not fixed including lugs.
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 around 1900 onwards.
A rare and what would have been very expensive wristwatch of the 1st World War period. In fine condition showing few signs of wear and without any previous presentation engraving on the case. Fitted with appropriate 1/2 inch open-ended brown leather strap of larger than usual size, ideal for the larger wrist. 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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