I have decided to buy a new quartz watch and have found one i like it is 9k hallmarked gold and made by W.H.Wilmot of Birmingham UK the watch is signed on the face W.H.W 1860. The company was a small one and made watches and gold chains from 1860 until it went bust in 2009 due to the recession and prices of gold. Does anyone have any other facts about this company and does anyone have a watch made by the company as there must be quite a few around from what i have found they only ever made gold case watches. As for gold cases i have found and cut and pasted an article that the company did at one stage make cases for Rolex watches i will as said cut and paste that under the photo.
The photo i have included is from the original add so not very good as i will not get my hands on the watch until the end of the month, to be honest i have never seen another watch made and signed by W.H.Wilmot but some people must own them
"Internally, the case is highly decorated with an engine turned pearled pattern and signed “Made for Tudor”, together with the model reference number 00169 and the individual serial number for this watch, 57054. Also present are a full set of British hallmarks, these informing us that this case was assayed as solid 9 karat gold in Birmingham, 1965 and the tiny letters “WHW Ltd”, these being the maker’s mark of WH Wilmot Limited, of the Albion Street Works, Birmingham, UK. In more than twenty years, we have only seen perhaps three or four Rolex cases made by Wilmot, and this curious aspect immediately makes this watch exceedingly interesting from a completist Rolex collector’s point of view. All the examples we have seen were from the early to mid-1980s, and their age goes a long way towards explaining their existence. Since the World War I era, Rolex had enjoyed a very successful relationship with the Dennison company acting as, almost universally, the case manufacturer for its watches sold in the UK, but this came to an end with the closure of Dennison in 1979. Having lost a very important supplier, it seems natural that Rolex would have sought to continue its UK arrangement with a substitute manufacturer, and clearly located this in the same part of the country, Birmingham, then as now, being the centre of the British manufacturing jewellery industry. What is particularly fascinating is why WH Wilmot was chosen to supply contract cases, given that the firm wasn’t even previously involved with the manufacture of watch cases, but was well established as a respected producer of gold chains. In reality, like so many things vintage Rolex related, because the company today has a policy of refusing to answer any questions in relation to its past output, the specifics regarding the use of Wilmot for cases at this time, including the number of Wilmot made Rolex cases and the exact length of the relationship between the two firms, will remain a mystery for the foreseeable future"
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