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    Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

    Hi guys, hope you're all well.

    I have just inherited a vintage watch, which was my wife's great grandfathers (due to the passing of her gran).

    We always used to talk about the watch over a gin and tonic - the only problem was my 'gran-in-law' had no idea where it was in the house.

    She knew of my passion for watches, and told all the family that any watches found in the house when she left us, we're to come to me - I was humbled.

    The below has now become the pride of my collection.

    I was was told that it was worn in WW1 by her father, who was an observer in the RAF.

    Can you help please? (Ps. It runs like a dream!!!!).

    The front and rear covers open, and on the inside of the back case are stamped:

    1. An anchor
    2. A lion
    3. R
    4. ALD
    5. 225927 (in military style stamping)

    Also looks like something has been stored in the back - pill/tablet?

    Thanks for any help.
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    Re: Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

    If you can post a picture of the movement also, it would be very helpful.
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    Re: Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

    Nice, what size is it?

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    Re: Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

    Thanks for the quick replies gents.

    It's 33mm dia., with 14mm wide wire lugs.

    I'm afraid I'm not skilled enough to get into the movement. (It might have survived the Hun, but it probably wouldn't survive me lol).

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    Re: Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

    The watch case comes from England (Birmingham/anchor), it is Sterling silver (lion) and the year of make should be 1939, if the letter is a capital 'P'. An 'R' would be 1941. Small letters 'p' and 'r' are from 1914 and 1916, but that is too early. I am trying to find the maker of the case.

    Very important: To say more about the watch itself, one needs a picture of the movement. If there are any markings, it would be good to repeat them in text-version, as they are mostly not well visible on the images.

    Opening this watch is very easy. The watch, and England for that matter, would have not surviced the hun, if people would not have been able to cope with such an easy task, even guided by a frequently drunk Prime Minister.
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    Re: Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

    Thanks border - it is a P upon closer inspection (I think), but as I don't have a reference point, I can't tell if it's capital or lower font.
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    Re: Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

    Found the case maker: Aaron Lufkin Dennison, 24 Villa Road, Handsworth, Birminhham. As he was active a lot earlier than around the 1940ies, the watch has most likely been re-cased at a later stage. That makes it even more important to see the movement.

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    Re: Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

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    "Someone once told me that time is a predator that stalked us all our lives. But I rather believe that time is a companion who goes with us on the journey, and reminds us to cherish every moment, because they'll never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we lived it.

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    Border - you're like the Google/Wikipedia of the watch world!!

    Thanks so much mate for your help - I feel even thicker than when I posted lol.

    Is it possible/probable that this isn't the original case, as was the maker not about in the early 20th century?

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    Re: Can you help a modern watch guy who has just inherited a vintage piece?

    Hallmark dates to 1914/15 which seems appropriate to your family history. Dennison is a very well known case maker but typically cased up imported movements. So case is original but we would need to see the movement to confirm what you have.
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