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WW1 Pocket Watch - H Williamson Ltd 25569F

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Sapper Mike

Dear all,

 

I previously served as a Royal Engineer soldier for 23 1/2 years leaving in Dec 1999.  I have for some years owned a H Williamson Ltd issue Pocket Watch Ser No. 25569F.

 

Is it possible to find out via records who this watch was issued to?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Kind regards

 

Mike

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Knotty

Hi Mike

Welcome to the Forum, I too have an H. Williamson no. 27777F, try as I might, I have yet to find any records of issuing details, however I have not given up hope......yet.

My concern is that last week I wound it up and it just stopped working, apparently it is dirt build up rather than mechanical, just waiting now for the estimate.

 

John

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MikeyH
Posted (edited)

I took in to a local specialist a couple of weeks ago, a non running silver pocket watch (dated 1894, it cost me £40) for cleaning and service.  The estimate was £253.00!  Needless to say I

have not gone ahead with this.  I have a similar example, but dated 1904 in perfect working order, this was a little over £60 on ebay.

 

Mike.

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trajan

One advantage of living over here is that there are still properly-trained watchsmiths galore! Your GBP 235 estimate would probably be TL 250 or so here, a fifth of the price, last time I had my 1890's timepiece checked-over! 

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Knotty

Hi Trajan

Can I see a business opportunity here? :thumbsup:

 

John

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trajan
1 hour ago, Knotty said:

Hi Trajan

Can I see a business opportunity here? :thumbsup:

 

John

 

Possible, possible...!!! Actually, these pocket watches turn up frequently in the local Antika Pazari - I have never really looked at them but hard to miss when seeing 20-15 on a table!

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trajan

An idle momment googling while lunching - I guess you guys know this page? http://ihc185.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/990103944/m/3581015271 Some discussion on those serial numbers but nothing about tracking down who they were issues to...

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Sapper Mike

Hi John, let me know the quote as I was given a £600 one however I am getting mine sorted for £125 plus postage.....

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Knotty

Will do Mike, just waiting for the chap to come back off holiday, should be back end of next week. He works exclusively for a local jewellers with a couple of shops here and surrounding towns, so at least there is no postage:whistle:

 

Thanks Trajan, yes I have seen that page a few times in my searching as well.

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Terry_Reeves
Posted (edited)

The firm of Henry Williamson was founded in Coventry in 1871, the city being one of the leading  watch manufacturing centres in the country at that time. In 1920 it was merged with Grimshaw and Baxter.

 

Try contacting the Coventry Watch Musem whose staff are very knowledgable and helpful:

 

http://tinyurl.com/y92ne2yw

 

TR [late RE]

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Knotty

Thank you Terry for the link, will give it a try at some point.

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Dave66
3 hours ago, Knotty said:

Will do Mike, just waiting for the chap to come back off holiday, should be back end of next week. He works exclusively for a local jewellers with a couple of shops here and surrounding towns, so at least there is no postage:whistle:

Does he venture as far south as Worcester?, I picked up a 1916 Rolex wristwatch that needs a hair spring and local chap couldn't locate one.

 

Dave.

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Terry_Reeves
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42 minutes ago, Dave66 said:

Does he venture as far south as Worcester?, I picked up a 1916 Rolex wristwatch that needs a hair spring and local chap couldn't locate one.

 

Dave.

 

I thought that this thread was to do with finding out about the WW1 origins of said time piece, not about 21st century watch repairers. Please show the OP some respect.

 

TR

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David Filsell

Don't see any disrespect here, just the normal standard of often obscure related advice that makes the forum - at its best - so helpful.

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Dave66
53 minutes ago, Terry_Reeves said:

 

I thought that this thread was to do with finding out about the WW1 origins of said time piece, not about 21st century watch repairers. Please show the OP some respect.

 

TR

No disrespect intended whatsoever, so apologies if needed, .but care and maintinence of any period timepiece is both interesting and crucial to keep them maintained properly.

 

Dave.

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David Filsell

Off topic information.

i own two WW1 'officers' wristlet watches. The First is silver, the second gold with initials, regimental badge, and the words PEACE 1919. It was a present from my late wife and my son.  Sadly two officers in the regiment share exactly the same initials. I wear the watch every year on the night of New Year. Both keep good time and are greatly loved - if rarely worn, the risk of loosing them is just to great.

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Dave66
47 minutes ago, David Filsell said:

Off topic information.

i own two WW1 'officers' wristlet watches. The First is silver, the second gold with initials, regimental badge, and the words PEACE 1919. It was a present from my late wife and my son.  Sadly two officers in the regiment share exactly the same initials. I wear the watch every year on the night of New Year. Both keep good time and are greatly loved - if rarely worn, the risk of loosing them is just to great.

They become part of the family history, still working a century later and priceless.

 

Dave.

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Knotty
11 minutes ago, Dave66 said:

They become part of the family history, still working a century later and priceless.

 

Dave.

Fair play to anyone who can recommend a specialist to keep things working at reasonable cost, imho, which is what Mike was asking in post #8.

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Sapper Mike
On 13/06/2018 at 20:28, David Filsell said:

Off topic information.

i own two WW1 'officers' wristlet watches. The First is silver, the second gold with initials, regimental badge, and the words PEACE 1919. It was a present from my late wife and my son.  Sadly two officers in the regiment share exactly the same initials. I wear the watch every year on the night of New Year. Both keep good time and are greatly loved - if rarely worn, the risk of loosing them is just to great.

Great story Dave, thanks for sharing.

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