Dennison made watches for a multitude of explorers and adventurers, probably the most notable of which was Sir Edmund Hilary who said of his Dennison cased Smiths watch: “I carried your watch to the summit. It worked perfectly.”
These are the only NOS Dennison DENCO53 watches in existence and for sale exclusively within the Alderleigh Collection. Available in black and white but in VERY small numbers.
The UK made 316L stainless steel case is of excellent quality, it has drilled lugs and a Swiss ETA 2824-2 movement. The dial has a superb honeycomb pattern and is reminiscent of so many beautiful watches from the 1950’s and 60’s. The Dauphine hands and 3,6,9 ‘Explorer’ dial all go together perfectly.
The Dennison Watch Case Co. Ltd was established in 1905 by Franklin Dennison and his son Major Gilbert Dennison. It grew to become the most highly respected watch case manufacturer in the world. They manufactured watches for the British Military during The Great War of 1914-18 and parts for military rockets in WWII.
During the 20th Century, Dennison were best known for the cases they made for other watch manufacturers such as Rolex, Tudor, Omega, Longines, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Zenith. The ‘DW Quality’ was something to be respected.
In 1965, after 115 years of industry and production, sadly The Dennison Watch Case Co. Ltd stopped trading.
In 2015, Dennison attempted to re-launch their cases with Swiss ETA movements but unfortunately the re-launch was unsuccessful. Clearly not through any fault of the watches. Hodinkee agree with us and did a complimentary write up about them here.
Tested by Rolex & Omega certified watch specialists Michlmayr & Co and is running within COSC spec.
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