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  1. Yes, it dates to circa 1918. It's from a run of 100 movements from 22104301 to 22104400 that were a mixture of lever set and pendant set, open face, 16 size movements. A great many Walthams were shipped to the UK as movements only and were cased by The Dennison Watch Case Co. of Birmingham. Your movement would fit into any American 16 size open face case, but ideally it should be in a Dennison case assuming that it is pendant set:-
  2. What's the serial number on the movement?
  3. Mmmmmm let me think about that …………...Still thinking...………….
  4. It's not bad. Keeps to about four or five minutes slow on a full wind, but it's more for admiring than it's time keeping. I don't wind it very often, but I do carry it quite a lot, usually with an American railroad watch in the other waistcoat pocket. Now that really keeps good time.
  5. This pair cased watch is by James Ilbery recorded as working at Queen Street, London, between 1755 and 1777. The style of the watch dates it to circa 1770/75. The facts that the movement has square pillars and has a worm and wheel set up and the style of the dial all point to this date. The two cases are gold plated over a base metal. The outer case has a cover turtle shell that is pinned into position. These cases are usually found in poor condition, but luckily this one is in great shape with a nice sheen. The movement is complete and working and in very nice condition. It is engraved with the maker's name Jas Ilbery London with the serial number 9011. The enamel dial is in superb condition wit no chips or hairlines.
  6. The RB mark IS the mark of casemaker Richard Macaire Ball. He first registered his mark at the London Assay Office in July 1854, then again in March 1876, and finally in November 1886. His address was given as 31 Sudely Street, City Road, London.
  7. The initials AWCC stand for American Watch Case Company, a Canadian company that was based in Toronto. Three of their best known gold filled case grades were:- Cashier, Fortune and Empress. The Cashier was the highest grade of these three with a 25 year 'wear through' guarantee.
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