Dennison cased watch.

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  1. fuseefan

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    #1 fuseefan, Aug 10, 2017
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    Hello after a long break!

    After a longish dalliance with facebook groups I thing I will post here more often :p
    Here is a watch I recently restored. Its in a sterling silver case by Dennison and has a 15J Swiss movement. The hallmarks are perplexing, though. According to the 925-1000 website there is no 'J' for Birmingham after 1858. Could anyone throw some light on this? Thanks in advance.

    Aditya
     
  2. Nick23

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    Hi Aditya,

    Regarding the Birmingham assay marks. The letter J appeared for the year 1858 and then went missing in the next two sequences and reappeared in 1933.

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    Thanks Nick!

    Now I know when it was made. For some reason on the site I refer to, the Birmingham date letter stops at 1924.

    Regards
    Aditya
     
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    #4 gmorse, Aug 10, 2017
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    Hi Aditya,

    Yes, it's certainly 1933, and did you know that 'Unicorn' was a brand used by Rolex as a sort of 'second line' rather like 'Tudor' in later years? Their pocket watch movements were all bought in from suppliers such as Aegler. Interesting that the two Dennison sponsor marks are different; the one in the back has the stops on the baseline but the one in the cuvette has them in the centre, above the baseline. As far as I know, this variant isn't documented.

    1924 was the end of the sequence which began in 1900.

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    Graham
     
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    Hi Graham,

    I didnt know about Unicorn being the predecessor of Tudor, thanks for that! So whoever put this watch together and sold it got the movement from Rolex and the case from Dennison?

    Regards

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    Hi Aditya,

    I expect it was all put together by Rolex. Dennison was a very large case manufacturer indeed, and supplied cases to a great many firms.

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    Graham
     
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    Hi Graham,

    That would make this my first Rolex! I must have a drink to celebrate :)

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    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for that reference. Priestley doesn't list this form of the mark, which is unusual, considering his interest in the life and times of old Aaron.

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    Graham
     
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