A very original mechanical presentation watch from the Crown jewellers Garrard, complete with the box and the original strap.


The case back is engraved from Pressed Steel Fisher, to J.S. Hilsdon 1955 -1980.  Mr Hilsdon had to work for twenty five years to get this watch.  Presentation watches, especially from Garrard, are normally in 9k gold but in 1980 the gold price had quadrupled in the past ten years which helps to explain why this is gold plated.


The easiest way to show that this watch has not been worn much is the Garrard leather strap barely has a mark on it.  The rest of the watch is similar, and we suspect this watch spent the majority of its life in the glasses case style box.  The white dial is crisp, and the acrylic glass scratch free.  The movement used is a Unitas 6565, which has seventeen jewels and is manually wound – quite unusual in 1980 where the majority of watches had quartz movements.

This watch will be supplied with the original presentation box, and our Certificate of Authenticity.

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Width with crown  35.6 mm

Width without crown  33.5 mm

Between lugs  18 mm

Lug to lug length  34.1 mm

Case Thickness  7.4 mm

All sizes are approximate.  The watch is photographed on a wrist of 190mm/7.5 inches.

Included with this watch is a 2 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses.  If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries.  Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us.   Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.

From 1st September 2021 we will be planting a tree for every watch we sell, working with the International Tree Foundation (Est 1922) to make this business positive on carbon.  By buying anything pre owned you are effectively reusing what already exists, but this takes it further and makes us feel good.