ROC / Zenith retailed by Brown & Son Chester gold vintage wristwatch, hallmarked 1951
A mid-sized 9ct yellow gold cushion form manually wound wristwatch with two-tone dial
A traditional vintage watch design, this cushion-shaped wristwatch has a very handsome two-tone dial with raised Arabic numerals and an engine-turned subsidiary seconds dial. Kathleen Pritchard notes in the second volume of her work, Swiss Timepiece Makers 1775-1975, that ROC was a sub brand which the Swiss watchmaker Zenith’s UK arm, Zenith Watch Co. (Great Britain) Ltd., imported into the UK during the 1950s and 1960s. The inside case back of this watch is stamped with Zenith’s maker’s mark ‘”ZW Co.” just beneath the serial number to the inside case back. The watch was retailed by Brown & Son of Chester and this name appears above that of ROC to the dial. According to the National Archives, Brown & Son was originally established in Chester in 1859 and was described as dealing in jewellery, watches, gold and silver. To the outside of the case back, the watch has an inscription reading: “Presented to Mr A. W. Cox, by Bradleys (Chester) Ltd. In appreciation of 20 Years Valued Service 1952.” Bradleys was a tailors, clothiers and outfitters, latterly based on City Road, Chester. Like many companies, Bradleys clearly rewarded an employee’s long service with a gold watch and, at least in this instance, used another local firm, Brown & Son, to source the watch and engrave it accordingly.
The watch is fitted with a vintage, fully stitched, leather strap which has been lightly used.
[M] ROC signed manually wound movement, lever escapement, 15 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH [D] silvered two-tone dial, raised gilded Arabic numerals, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, blued steel hands, black outer minute track [C] 9ct yellow gold cushion form case with polished finish, the snap-on case back with presentation inscription and London hallmarks for 1951 [S] dial and movement signed ROC, case signed ZW Co [Zenith]
Width excluding winding crown: 29mm
Length including lugs: 33mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 8mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 16/17mm
Total weight: 26g
This watch has been fully serviced and overhauled and is sold with a one year guarantee and detailed Black Bough certificate. A Black Bough fitted box will accompany this watch.