AWWCo, Waltham, Mass ‘Riverside Maximus’ No 16096286


£ 1,495.00

Top quality American O-size movement cased as a wristwatch and retailed in England.

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Lovely 18ct gold Dennison two-piece cushion case with snap-on back, wire lugs and flat glass, hallmarked Birmingham 1921. 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 with stylish Roman numerals and a red 12 in perfect condition, with Waltham spade hands. 35.5mm across corners not including lugs. Together with suede lined retailers box issued by MUNSEY & Co Ltd, Cambridge

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. NB: This is the last of a small collection of 'Riverside Maximus' wristwatches that I have offered for sale, having been in a private collection for many years. If this makes them seem common - they are not.

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 18ct cased wristwatch of the post 1st World War period. In fine condition showing few signs of wear and without any previous presentation engraving on the case back. On entirely appropriate and rare new/old stock 'THE SILVERS PATENT 328' 3/4 inch wide (19 mm) dark brown leather strap. Presently being properly serviced and accompanied by my usual guarantee. NB: This case style is not waterproof and all wristwatches of this date are best kept well away from damp conditions.