Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

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    Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    Well, its no beauty any more!:

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    But I bought this because of the patent number seen on the lug. It is 430296, which is shown (abstract only) here: espacenet - Bibliographic data

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    Its a 3-part case made - and patented - by Dennison in 1935. The key feature seems to have been that the lugs are integrated in the bezel - something later seen on a lot of low end British watches.

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    Alas, the dial and hands have been augmented with blobs of white paint - maybe luminous at one time - and is also badly marked.

    The Swiss movement is marked 'Shield Sterling', which I can't find anything about. It is a 10''' (or thereabouts) 15J movement and has INCABLOC shock protection. Unless I'm mistaken, this must have been a very early example of its usage - particularly in a non-military watch. I can't identify the movement, nothing under the balance, which is running fine and keeping time.

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    Bought on a whim for £3.20.

    Dennison's original premises:
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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    Hi Marrick,

    No movement pic?

    shame about the dial.... but on a whim, it still seems like a bargain..... very interesting case design!

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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparcster View Post
    No movement pic?
    Oops - added now.
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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    I thought your collection would clam down marrick but you are always buying more. How do you hide all these from the wife lol. Like Marc said where is the movement pic not like you to forget. Shame about the dial condition, wouldnt be too bad if it wasnt those blobs, I think they must of used a tipp-ex brush lol

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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    Thats better, the movement looks to be in really good condition

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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    I thought your collection would clam down marrick but you are always buying more. How do you hide all these from the wife lol. Like Marc said where is the movement pic not like you to forget. Shame about the dial condition, wouldnt be too bad if it wasnt those blobs, I think they must of used a tipp-ex brush lol
    Its there now - but the forum's playing up. Hit 'refresh' if you still can't see it.

    My wife is very understanding - and even, occasionally, shows a little interest. The only real constraint is money - I'll have to sell a few soon.

    Yes, the blobs are a real killer on the dial. I might have a go at cleaning it, but I suspect it would end up worse.
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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    whoever tried to convert that classic dial into luminous on failed miserably. I would definately redial it if it were mine. The case alone makes it worth savings.

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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    Thanks Mike. I'll think about it - but its probably not one I'd wear much.

    However, I have now removed the dial, and once more I have a mystery movement!

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    Its the best I can manage, but not very clear I know. it has MARU in a triangle. I can't find MARU anywhere.

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    The nearest match is this Unitas movement - although its bigger at 10.5'''.

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    Anyone know Maru?
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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    Now that is strange timing! Just earlier I started a new thread wanting someone to identify my own mystery movement, but never posted it because I didn't have the measurements. Then I saw your movement shot and thought how similar it was. I think you might have just solved mine! Mine is small so 10.5'" could well be right.







    Similar to yours?


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    Re: Dennison patent cased watch with early Incabloc

    Curious as to why you think the incabloc is an early design? Looks like a rather standard unit; it's a modular design that I see on a lot of my 40's and 50's watches that I think was geared towards being retrofit into existing balance designs.
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