I wonder if anyone can help? I recently inherited the above Waltham pocket watch which was presented to my great Grandfather in 1896 (and is engraved as so). Internet research has revealed that the watch serial number corresponds with 1893 manufacture, and it is of slightly above average grade being a Riverside. Sadly, it is not currently in working order (probably due to me playing with it as a small child when it was in my Grandad's box of "stuff"!)
The queries I have are to do with the watch case. It has the mark of A.L D, along with the sun, moon and star trade mark. Firstly, my research indicates that it should have just one of the grade marks, not all three. Is this unusual, or am I just confused? Secondly, the serial number on the outer and inner plates is 61. This seems a very small number to me, especially when Dennison was established in Birmingham in the 1870's. Is it that they only put part serial numbers on? The outside of the case is engraved with great Grandad's initials, so is that specially engraved cases had seperate serial numbers? Or is it, somehow, one of the earlier cases made? I am sure that someone out there will be able to enlighten me, and I would really appreciate your knowledge!