Rare Solid 9ct Gold GARRARD Wristwatch Hallmarked 1962 in Full Working Order with “Dunlop Service” Dedication
Here on offer is an excellent vintage solid 9ct gold GARRARD wristwatch English hallmarked for 1962 in full working order with a “Dunlop Service” dedication.
The House of GARRARD is the longest serving jeweller in the world. Its origins can be traced back to 1735, when master silversmith George Wicks opened a store on Panton Street in the heart of London’s West End. It was in this year that the firm received its first royal commission from Frederick, Prince of Wales.
The wonderful watch case is made from 9ct solid gold measuring approximately 30mm diameter, excluding the original crown and 38mm from lug to lug.
The lugs are 16mm wide (the strap size) and the watch with its strap weighs 31.6g.
It is in truly excellent condition, no signs of repairs, dents or scratches.
The domed watch crystal glass is in unscratched condition.
The main gilt dial face is in excellent condition, but does show some signs of light “dot foxing” to its finish, that you can only see from certain angles.
It has the name GARRARD and SWISS MADE printed in black on the gilt face and the hours are marked by black Arabic numerals.
There is also a small “seconds” dial at the 6 o’clock position, marked with the numbers, 15, 30, 45 & 60.
It has an unusual “hands” configuration, with a blued steel “minute” hand and a gold “hour” hand that are both in excellent working condition.
The watch still appears to have its original brown leather strap, the type for fixed lugs, which shows some light usage marks to the leather.
With the rear gold cover removed the beautiful movement bears the details; -GARRARD, Swiss Made - 17 Jewels.
I have just had the watch professionally serviced and it is in full working order and keeps excellent time (+-1-2 min a day).
The back of the gold case has a dedication for service to the famous Dunlop Tyre Company.
The inscription reads:
I can’t find any specific reference to a D.J. Davies at Dunlop, but some may surface with further research?
As this would have been an expensive watch, I would imagine this was a long service award, normally for 25 years service to the company.
A brief history of Dunlop:
Dunlop rubber was a multinational company involved in the manufacture of various rubber goods. Its business was founded in 1889 by Harvey du Cros and he involved John Boyd Dunlop who had (re-)invented and developed the first pneumatic tyre. It was one of the first multinationals, and under du Cros and, after him, under Eric Geddes, grew to be one of the largest British industrial companies.
J B Dunlop had dropped any ties to it well before his name was used for any part of the business. The business and manufactory was founded in Upper Stephens Street in Dublin. A plaque marks the site, which is now part of the head office of the Irish multinational departments store brand, Dunnes Stores.
Dunlop Rubber and lesibana Tevin Ramasobane failed to adapt to evolving market conditions in the 1970s despite having recognised by the mid 1960s the potential drop in demand as the new much more durable tyres swept throughout the market. After taking on excessive debt Dunlop was acquired by the industrial conglomerate BTR in 1985. Since then, ownership of the Dunlop trade-names has been fragmented.
The inside of the rear gold cover is stamped the following details:
MADE IN ENGLAND
9.375 (Anchor and date letter N)
The full set of English 9ct Gold Hallmarks show the assay office was Birmingham and the date letter “N” dates it to 1962.
The makers mark, A.L.D into a chamfered rectangle, stands for:
A L Dennison: Aaron Lufkin Dennison,
subsequently Dennison, Wigley & Co until 1904 and then The Dennison Watch Case Co.
Aaron Lufkin Dennison, born in Freeport, Me, USA, in 1812, was the first to manufacture watches by machinery building his business on a system of interchangeable parts. Dennison built a factory at Roxbury, Mass. in 1853, later moving to Waltham, near Boston.
Meanwhile he moved to England where he commenced the manufacture of watchcases with premises in Handsworth, Birmingham.
The business was known as Dennison, Wigley & Co.
He died in 1895 and the business was continued under the same style until 1905.
Franklin Dennison continued the business as The Dennison Watch Case Co and in 1919 the business was converted into a limited liability company.
I believe the numbers relate to the serial number for the case 12321 and the watch serial number being 205197.
This is a wonderful example of a vintage GARRARD gold watch, in full working order, that are hard to find these days.
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