Dating vintage rotary watches
Also be aware that the tables of date letters in most references are only for silver items, see Cautions about Hallmark Tables.There is a lot of information on this page and I know it can be difficult to take it all in, so if you are struggling to understand the marks in your watch case please ask me for help via my contact me page.
In addition to the fineness, hallmarks can show where and when an item was hallmarked, and who submitted it.If you want to get a book about English hallmarking, Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks published by the Sheffield Assay Office is a long established reference.Make sure that you get a 2014 or later edition, because only those contain correct information about British import hallmarks applied to watch cases. In Europe the hallmarking of precious metal objects was, and still is, a legally required process.It involves testing and the fineness of the metal and then stamping it with control marks that show the results. The venue has excellent, modern facilities and a large free car park.
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White dial with luminous hour markers, 'Mercedes' hands and a date aperture at 3. A black dial with arrowhead hour markers and sweep seconds. A silvered dial signed 'Tudor Oyster Shock Resisiting' with sweep seconds. £ 825 (US$ 1071) (Euro 938) Click here to view detailed image 1 Click here to view detailed image 2 Click here to view detailed image 3 Click here to view detailed image 4 A circa 2010 gents Cartier Tank Francaise automatic wristwatch. A silvered dial with Arabic numerals and textured finish. A stainless steel case with an original Omega crown. A black dial with chronograph functions and Tritium lume batons and hands. A gents 1974 Omega Geneve wristwatch in a satinless steel case. A silvered dial with gilt batons and sweep seconds. A DS&S mark on the case indicating a David Shackman & Sons case, who were case makers for many Swiss houses of this period. A silvered dial with gilt Arabic numerals and center sweep seconds. An IWC Schaffhausen wristwatch made for Tiffany & Co, New York. £ 275 (US$ 352) (Euro 311) Click here to view detailed image 1 Click here to view detailed image 2 Click here to view detailed image 3 A 1916 silver 'trench' watch.
A red hand for reading the 24 hour bezel surrounding the main dial. £ 1100 (US$ 1410) (Euro 1299) A 1984 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date wristwatch. A blue dial with subsidiary date and sweep seconds. A signed automatic calibre 1030 automatic mechanism of high quality with decorated detailing, 25 jewels. £ 2250 (US$ 2884) (Euro 2657) Click here to view detailed image 1 Click here to view detailed image 2 Click here to view detailed image 3 Click here to view detailed image 4 Click here to view detailed image 5 A 1938 gents or ladies Rolex 'midsize' wristwatch. A rather rare dial configuration with crosshair quarters and the Tudor rose at 12 o'clock. A two-tone stainless steel case with double folding concealed clasp. A silvered guilloche dial with blue steel hands and date aperture. Box and booklets and in as new condition as little used by previous owner. £ 2350 (US$ 3013) (Euro 2775) Click here to view detailed image 1 Click here to view detailed image 2 Click here to view detailed image 3 Click here to view detailed image 4 A 1961 gents Omega wristwatch. Case width 33mm £ 495 (US$ 637) (Euro 584) Click here to view detailed image 1 Click here to view detailed image 2 Click here to view detailed image 3 Click here to view detailed image 4 A 1977 Omega gents wristwatch. A stainless steel case with original Omega winding crown. Original silvered dial with Arabic numerals and a subsidiary seconds. An Omega crystal glass with integral tachymetre bezel. A black leather strap with an Omega gold plated pin buckle. An automatic calibre 1012 mechanism with quick date set function. Original Omega dial with date aperture to three and sweep center seconds. A stamped 18K gold case with Helvetia mark and shaped back, made by IWC. Mechanism stamped with an import mark 'HOX', showing the watch was made for export to the USA. A 1979 Waltham wristwatch in 'brand new' condition. A Silver case with London import hallmarks for 1916.
This page isn't an end in itself, it is intended to help make a start on identifying the hallmarks in your watch case and then lead you to another page with more detail.
On this page there is a brief description of a number of different types of hallmarks that you are likely to find in a watch case, and then for the British and Swiss marks there are links to take you to the full page of information for that type of mark.
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