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Kendall & Dent are not the famous company of Dent.
assayed in Birmingham, I think ALD is Dennison.
While most "Kendal & Dent" had inferior or in the best case average Swiss movements, this one is really nice and well made. In summary, I would say a watch being a lot better than the signature alone would suggest. And apparently in a lovely condition.Hi Guys,
Thank you so much for replying very interesting to know. It has been tucked away for a while so wound it last night and it has kept perfect time overnight
Graham, awesome did not know how to open so yes managed to amazing movement and see perhaps where the Kendaltick comes from as it is on the movement. Maybe a tongue in cheek for the maker and the tick of a watch??
Have attached pics just in case you wanted to see the inside. Thanks very much for your interest and help, appreciated.
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I have a similar watch that I got from my grandfather! For a long time I tried to open the back with my fingernail, I was afraid to damage the watch)) And your watch looks just great!Hi Airdale, and welcome to the forum,
That's right, no connection with Dent or Kendal, (note the single 'L', but probably intended to suggest Larcum Kendall, a prominent 18th century watchmaker). I believe Dents took legal action regarding the use of the name, and as far as I know, the company was never an official supplier of anything to the Admiralty either.
Aaron Lufkin Dennison set up a case making company in Birmingham after his adventures with various watchmaking enterprises in the US, which became one of the largest in the UK; quite a colourful character! The case is sterling silver and there's nothing fake about it, Dennisons made good cases.
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The inner back will hinge open to reveal the movement if you use a thumbnail or if that doesn't work, a blunt knife in the gap in the picture above, but be careful to keep it under control; it should be twisted rather than stabbed. It looks as though some earlier attempts have caused some scratching.