Rotherham & Sons
Rotherham & Sons
Rotherham & Sons
Rotherham & Sons
Rotherham & Sons

Rotherham & Sons

Rotherham & Sons

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This is a rare English-made wristwatch from the 1920s, it was made by Rotherham & Sons in Coventry and is signed on the dial for the Manchester retailer James Wadsworth. English-made wristwatches from before WW2 are rare for a number of reasons - primarily because the wristwatch, as opposed to the pocket watch, was a Swiss invention. The English watchmaking industry was deeply conservative and clung to their traditions of making a small quantity of very high quality pocket watches for a wealthy customer base. 

This inability to update their practices was one of the reasons for the decline of the English watchmaking industry. Rotherham and Sons who produced this watch were one of the few factories who were large enough to produce movements and cases for wristwatches. It’s fair to say that they didn’t produce a wrist-watch movement from scratch, but rather repurposed their smallest size fob watch movement. This isn’t to say that this watch was converted from a fob watch, it was conceived and produced as a wristwatch - Rotherham supplied a good number of English retail jewellers with watches and, as was the custom, had the dial and movement signed with their name. 

The case of this watch is an interesting point in the evolution of the wristwatch, it is an evolution from the earliest wristwatches which had a simple piece of wire soldered on to hold a strap. This watch has a elegant lugs, which are integrated with the overall case design. The time is set by depressing the button below the winding crown - a hangover from the pocket watch and I guess another indication of an English industry desperately trying to hold onto their traditions!

In the early days of wristwatches there was a fashion for small watches for gentlemen, I guess to differentiate them as much as possible from the bulky pocket watches of the older generation. This watch is certainly a man’s watch, although at 30mm diameter is small by contemporary standards. 

The watch has a beautiful enamel dial and overall is in really wonderful condition and a joy to wear. It has been fully serviced and the time keeping is good at for a watch of this age, keeping time to within about a minute per day. The case has been ultrasonically cleaned, but as with all out vintage watches we have left it unpolished. The crystal has been replaced and the watch has been fitted with a new leather strap. The watch comes with our standard 12 month guarantee. 

Please see vintage watch care advice here.

Case diameter: 30mm
Case material: 9 carat gold, hallmarked in London for 1929
Strap width: 16mm
Time keeping: grade B

Rotherhams movement

Order processing

We aim to dispatch all orders within 2-3 working days.

When your order is dispatched, your tracking details will be updated.

If you have opted for a custom engraving please allow an additional 1-2 working days.

If you are purchasing during a sale or a limited edition release, you can expect an email update with an estimated dispatch date if there any changes to the timeframe.

If you are in a hurry for your order, please email us. We'll try our best to prioritise your order.

Shipping guide for watches

UK: FREE DPD shipping, 1-2 working days
United States & Canada: FREE Fedex shipping, 1-3 working days
The EU: FREE DHL shipping, 1-3 working days. To order to The EU, please visit our Euro website here (duties and taxes are included in the price of your watch).

Click here to see the full shipping guide for watches

Shipping guide for t-shirts

Our t-shirts are printed by us and shipped from our workshop in London. This means if you place an order for both a watch and t-shirt(s), they will be shipped together via an express service. Delivery times for these can be found here.

If you order a t-shirt without a watch, it will be shipped via a Royal Mail tracked service which usually takes a little longer. You can see an estimated timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

Shipping guide for watch straps

If purchased separately from your watch, watch straps will be shipped with Royal Mail 1st Class / International tracked shipping.

This takes 2-14 working days depending on location. You can see a more accurate timescale when you input your address at the checkout.

These delivery times are a guide based on the carriers terms of service, products may, in some unusual cases take longer to arrive. If this happens, please get in touch.

Return your watch for an exchange

We are happy to exchange unworn watches.

Fastening the watch will cause damage to the leather. If this is the case, we charge for the watch strap (or we can put the worn strap on the exchanged watch for free).

Please email us directly if you think your watch is faulty.

Return your watch for a refund

To return for a full refund, you have 30 days if purchased online. After this time we can offer an exchange if your watch hasn’t been worn.

If you purchased your watch in-store, we can offer an exchange or store credit only. This is because you’ve seen the watch in person and had the opportunity to try it on. Please let us know if you’re purchasing as a gift.

T-shirt returns and Exchanges

We recommend checking the measurements of our t-shirts on our size guide before placing your order, you can also check them here

However, if your t-shirt is faulty, we can offer an exchange or a refund. In this circumstance, please email us within 30 days of placing your order, with a photograph of the problem, as well as your order number.

To return other products (such as straps) please email us: to arrange this.

UK returns

1) Generate your free returns label here.

2) Print it off and stick it to your original packaging.

3) Take it to your local post office. Find your closest here.

(If you no longer have your original packaging, please ensure your watch is securely wrapped in bubble wrap / something similar to protect it in transit).

NB please include a short note describing the issue with the watch and your contact details.

EU and International returns

Please send the watch to this address:

Mr Jones Watches (repairs)
61 Dartmouth Road
London SE23 3HN
United Kingdom

Ensure the watch is securely wrapped in bubble wrap to protect it in transit.

Please include a note stating:

- the reason for the return
- a detailed description of the problem with your watch (if sending for repair)
- your email address and your order number
- remember to include your return delivery address, (so we know where to send the repaired watch)

We recommend you use a tracked service. 

As the UK is no longer in the EU, you will have to fill in a Customs Declaration form (usually a CN22).

Please write in the description field "wristwatch, return for factory repair / refund , no commercial value." 

This is essential otherwise an import duty will be levied which you will be liable for (there is no way for us to reclaim this charge).

Please note: we do not cover shipping costs for unwanted items, returned from outside of the UK. If you are returning a watch that is faulty we may be able to reimburse shipping costs if your watch is within warranty, please contact us ahead of sending in this instance.

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