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    Information about Swiss Trench watch

    Hello there,

    I have been lurking on WUS for a while now, and would like more information about the following watch. I have tried searching the forum and google, but cannot find anything.

    The watch belonged to a family member who died in 1976 (born in the early 1900s). It has been suggested that this was a retirement gift, but I think it's earlier than that - perhaps a 21st birthday present? The dial has 'Hawkins, Wolverton' on it and, as I can't find anything online about them, I guess they were a small watch maker or retailer? The inside of the caseback has a hallmark and other markings that I cannot quite make out. The movement simply says 15 jewels. We dug this out today as recently I've become quite obsessed with watches and after a few winds of the crown it started ticking. Unfortunately I can't set the time on it, though.

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    Re: Information about English watch

    Hi and welcome to the forum!

    That is a very nice looking watch. Retailer as you'd guessed as it looks like a Swiss watch, and someone will probably recognise the movement shortly. Around the early 1920's I'd have said. I can't see the hallmarks in your photos so can't tell you more.


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    Re: Information about English watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Mirius View Post
    Hi and welcome to the forum!

    That is a very nice looking watch. Retailer as you'd guessed as it looks like a Swiss watch, and someone will probably recognise the movement shortly. Around the early 1920's I'd have said. I can't see the hallmarks in your photos so can't tell you more.
    Thank you for your help. I'll see if I can get a picture of the hallmarks in natural light today.

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    Re: Information about English watch

    As promised, here are some images of the hallmarks.

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    Re: Information about English watch

    very nice! you have a 9ct. gold case
    the first stamp was used to hallmark 9 carat gold items, imported into the UK prior to 1975.
    the next one shows it was imported into the UK and stamped with the Edinburgh Assay Office import mark.
    and the u shows the case was hallmarked in 1925

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    Re: Information about English watch

    I make U 1926 for Edinburgh, otherwise I agree


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    Re: Information about English watch

    opps!! you're right, i was off by a year.

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    Re: Information about English watch

    Thank you both for your help - it's great to be able to date this so precisely.

    Does anyone have any ideas about the movement? It does have 'Swiss made' stamped on it - as Mirius guessed.

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    Re: Information about English watch

    I'd suggest changing the name of the thread - yes you can do this, to change English watch to Swiss Trench Watch - that should get the attention of some who may be overlooking this.


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    Re: Information about English watch

    I'm guessing this isn't a well known or interesting movement. I have used the search function here using a few different parameters:

    bidfun-db Archive: Watch Movements

    but haven't had any luck.

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