Dennison Pocket Watch

mazmark

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Hi there,

I recently inherited a pocket watch. It is a Dennison 14ct gold case with the “Sun” marking engraved. I understand this means a 25 year old life or something. I think the watch itself is an American Waltham Traveller.

I was just wondering if someone with more knowledge would be able to tell me how old the watch/case is etc. Just wanting to know the history of the watch. I’ve looked on google etc and read about the history of Dennison, but can’t seem to find details on my particular watch. There are various engravings on it that don’t make any sense to me (they look like a bunch of numbers). Would be great to know accurate information about the watch as I’d like to continue to keep it in our family and know where it came from.

Any help would be great. Pictures attached!

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saskjoe

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The movement is from around 1904 according to the serial number, if I see it correctly. Sorry, I don't know much about the case.
 

DaveyG

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Hi mazmark and welcome to the Forum. Your watch has a Waltham Traveller, 7 jewel movement which was made in the USA around 1904 if Saskjoe is correct. This is an example of Waltham's lowest grade output which would have been imported to the UK as an uncased movement and cased here. These movements were very popular being less expensive than an equivalent English made watch and cheaper and easier to maintain as they were machine made with fully interchangeable parts.

The case was made in the UK (Birmingham) by the Dennison Watch Case Company. Aaron Lufkin Dennison was an American who had connections with the Waltham company in the States. Sadly, the case is not solid 14K gold but is manufactured of a base metal covered in 14K gold by a process known as 'gold filling'; a bonding process which fused the gold to (usually) a brass alloy. The Sun grade cases had a gold covering 0.072mm (72 microns) thickness and, as it says, was guaranteed to last for at least 25 years before wear to the gold covering may reveal the composition base. The serial number on the case dates that to around about the same time as the movement.
 

mazmark

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Any idea what the small inscriptions on the inside of the case are? They look like numbers?

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gmorse

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Hi mazmark,

These marks are private codes used by previous repairers and are now mostly meaningless, although sometimes a date is decipherable.

Regards,

Graham
 
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MartyR

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Mazmark, if you would like to know more detail about the Waltham movement, I could move the thread to the American Pocket Watch forum :)
 

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