My grandfather was modest man. Years after his death my Grandmother gave me his prized wristwatch. My Grandmother gave him the watch many years ago (1950’s or 1960’s). They where not wealthy but the watch crown is 18k gold with a stainless steel back. It also has an automatic Swiss Movement. The watch is a Ruxton. It has tremendous sentimental value to me.
Both of my Grandparents have passed away so I am afraid that is all I know. I can only describe the face as very beautiful with a kind of subtle golden pearlescence sunburst radiating from the center of the watch, which matched well with the gold crown. (Edit: After some thought I think the mother-of-pearl description is incorrect…it was more of a slight iridescence) It was a very subtle effect so don’t think mother-of-pearl.
I made a terrible mistake, and had the watch refinished some ten years ago. The watchmaker assured me he could return the watch, including the face, to original. You see the face had some light blemishes at the bottom of the dial. What I got back was horrible. The watchmaker basically repainted the face a kind of flat silver/grey, and made a horrible attempt to repaint the word Ruxton on the dial. He had never heard of a “Ruxton” and felt it was probably some store brand.
Over the last ten years I have asked everyone I could if they have every heard of a Ruxton watch company. So here I am again. I have searched the web and found nothing except every now and again one comes for sale on ebay, or in some estate sale. Nothing I have found looks like my Grandfather's watch.
The watch has little monetary value, but it is priceless to me. I would like to find a skilled watchmaker that can refinish the dial back to its original look. I would like to look down on the same watch face my Grandfather saw. I know it’s a long shot posting the question here…
If ANYONE can help me find a source for Ruxton watches so that just maybe I can find information on the watch face or if anyone knows of a highly skilled watchmaker who could strip away the “restored” face and redo the restoration, I would greatly appreciate it.