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    Case mark - HW

    Hi all.

    This is a mark inside the case of a gold Ladies Avia watch with a Swiss movement. As 14K tends to be American, could the HW be Hamilton - or Hampden - or Howard - Watch Company?

    Many thanks.
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    It is an American case all right. The case mark is in my Shugart text. No indication who the case maker is though. I doubt it would be Hampden (they used Dueber cases) or Howard (they were owned by Keystone). Hamilton really wasn't a case maker of any consequence either.
    Sorry don't have any other watch case references.

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    Thanks Ray - its at least nice to know its definitely American.

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    It might be H. W. Wheeler - who was a large wholesale watch distributor in New York and London in the late 19th century. But I'm not sure.

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    Re: Case mark - HW

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    It might be H. W. Wheeler - who was a large wholesale watch distributor in New York and London in the late 19th century. But I'm not sure.
    That would make sense - the H and W inside a larger W. Don't suppose you recognise the movement do you? Swiss, 15J, 3 Adjusts,?

    I've just spent half an hour in the ranfft vaults to no avail.
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    Nope. But I'm no expert on Swiss movements - that is for sure.

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