Make sure that you get a 2014 or later edition, because only those contain correct information about British import hallmarks applied to watch cases.
They got into a trademark dispute with another company that started building watches in Waltham, so they wanted to protect that name, and I think that is the main reason. couldn’t really be protected as a brand name because America was the country.
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In Europe the hallmarking of precious metal objects was, and still is, a legally required process.
I got interested in clocks in 1967, and I started collecting watches fairly seriously in the early ‘80s. Pocket watches are a little bit more manageable, and in some ways more interesting, too.
I collect precision clocks, clocks that are very accurate timekeepers, and marine chronometers; things like that.