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    Granpa's watch

    Hello again watch enthusiasts,
    I have here my great grandfathers wrist watch, I have found some information about the case which is gold and made by Denisson in the UK, and I would like like to find out more about the Dial part of the watch its-self. I am unable to show you the movement because I do not have the correct tools to open the back, and the watch is quite fragile ( I dont really want to open it incase i cause some damage). there is no name or markings on the watch besides ' shock absorber', 'non magnetic', and 'swiss made'. The watch casing is 30.5mm to the outside of the crown. It would be great if somebody could give me some sort of age of the watch,
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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffm View Post
    Hello again watch enthusiasts,
    I have here my great grandfathers wrist watch, I have found some information about the case which is gold and made by Denisson in the UK, and I would like like to find out more about the Dial part of the watch its-self. I am unable to show you the movement because I do not have the correct tools to open the back, and the watch is quite fragile ( I dont really want to open it incase i cause some damage). there is no name or markings on the watch besides ' shock absorber', 'non magnetic', and 'swiss made'. The watch casing is 30.5mm to the outside of the crown. It would be great if somebody could give me some sort of age of the watch,
    Geoff
    I would guess 1920s. The gold hallmarks in the case should allow a more accurate date but it will require a clearer photo that provided.

    I don't know what info you might be looking for about the dial. It's a white dial with Arabic numerals and subsidiary seconds dial (subdial)

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    If you can make out the hallmarks, this pdf has the tables you need:

    http://www.britishhallmarkingcouncil...hallmarks2.pdf

    If there's a leopard's head look at London, if its an anchor, look at Birmingham.

    BTW, it says it has a shock absorber so its probably later than the 1920's.
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    HI, hope this photo helps things along, it seem to read

    9 .375 'anchor' S
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marrick View Post
    If you can make out the hallmarks, this pdf has the tables you need:

    http://www.britishhallmarkingcouncil...hallmarks2.pdf

    If there's a leopard's head look at London, if its an anchor, look at Birmingham.

    BTW, it says it has a shock absorber so its probably later than the 1920's.
    thanks for the link Marrick
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    9 carat gold, .375 gold (= 9 carat as a proportion), anchor means Birmingham - where Dennison's was based. If its an S then its 1917 (probably too early), 1942 or 1967 (definitely too late). So 1942.
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    Re: Granpa's watch

    Thanks for your Help Marrick, had a look through the Table and came to the same conclusion of 1942 also. cheers,
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    Re: Granpa's watch

    Please find a way to show the movement. Dennison served a lot of good watch manufacturers with their cases, some of which are very highly regarded today.
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    Re: Granpa's watch

    its a bit dark but hope this photo helps, is the makers mark familiar?
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    Sure is. Rotary's winged wheel.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_Watches

    But that's not the movement maker - they didn't (AFAIK) make their own movements.
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