This gold cased pocket watch was recently restored in our workshop. The watch was retailed by Kendal & Dent who were respected watch makers working from premises at 106 Cheapside, London. Although not to be confused with the prestigious firm of Dent & Company, Kendal & Dent were well regarded and supplied timepieces to the Admiralty and other foreign navies. This particular half-hunter was presented to it’s original owner to mark his retirement from the Metropolitan Police in 1927 and has a full inscription to the dust cover marking the occasion. The case is made of 9ct gold and is hallmarked for Chester 1925. The movement was not made by Kendal & Dent but is a good quality Swiss made example with a jewelled lever escapement.
The watch was brought in by a descendant of the original owner; it had not been used for some years but the watch worked and it had been well looked after. Importantly the balance staff was not broken but the movement was dry, and both glasses were in poor condition. We stripped the movement and cleaned and rinsed all the parts. The mainspring was found to be weak so a replacement was fitted. The case was lightly polished and both glasses were replaced. The movement was re-assembled and lubricated, it was re-fitted to the case and the watch was tested.
This is typical of the sort of watch we service on a regular basis. In this instance nothing more than a routine overhaul was required but we are able to undertake more complicated restorations and can hand make parts as required. If you have a pocket watch that you would like serviced or restored we would be very happy to discuss your requirements.