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American A.W.C.Co Nickel Silver Case

richard mortlock

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Some help please. Could somebody advise on the probable approximate age/year of manufacture of this Toronto company watch case. It is size 16s and has a screw on back and screw on bezel. I have read that Nickel Sliver was introduced in the late 1920’s / early 1930’s. I came by this case within a job lot purchase.
Thanks in anticipation.

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Jerry Treiman

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I have read that Nickel Sliver was introduced in the late 1920’s / early 1930’s.
Nickel Silver (nickel alloy) cases go back much further, to at least the 1880s. Based on styling I would venture that your case dates from the 'teens through the 'twenties.
 

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richard mortlock

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... actually, in doing a little more looking I see very similar styles used for military watches into the 1940s.

Research on the AWCCo (Toronto) was being done by Lorne Wasylishen until he, sadly, passed away. His web site has been preserved here - The American Watch Case Company of Toronto - and relevant research to your case survives here - The American Watch Case Company of Toronto
Thank you Jerry.
Based on this information I can make a reasonable guess that the case is pre 1928 although I would like to look at those military examples.
From my ipad it may be that the number 5372594 did not come out too well in my photograph. My apologies.
You may see that there is a yellow tag on the top of the case. This has “ Buren” written on it.
1928 is important to me because it is the time at which Buren watches were no longer in English ownership of Williamson manufacturers. I am searching to find a reasonable and commensurate home for a pre 1928 Buren movement. Normally this would be an English William Henry Sparrow case. But an export to USA would most likely be different.
On circumstantial evidence I am assuming the owner before me removed a Buren movement from the A.W.C.Co case.
I know swapping and rehousing is a bit of a controversial subject but I don’t like to see a good movement go to waste.
Thanks again.
 

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