George Wickes founded Garrard in London in 1735. Its Headquarters can be found on Albemarle Street in Mayfair. They created fine jewellery, silver, and watches. Queen Victoria made them the first Crown Jeweller of the UK. They were responsible for the upkeep of the British Crown Jewels from 1843 to 2007. They are world-famous for creating America's Cup trophy in 1848. The Royal family has many crowns and tiaras made by Garrard. In 2006 they were acquired by the US equity firm Yucaipa companies. Today they have a presence all over the world including Harrods in London, bricks and mortar Jewellers in Geneva, Moscow, and Hong Kong. Garrard receives commissions from many companies and organisations to provide timepieces with personalised inscriptions on them.
Here we have an elegant 1965 Garrard with a 33mm 9ct Gold case. Hallmarks can be found on the inside of the case back and the side of the lugs. Fancy teardrop lugs gently curve over your wrist. A lug to lug length of 40mm and a thickness of just 8mm ensures a comfortable fit. A domed crystal sits above a white dial. Applied Arabic numeral indexes mark the hours. At 6 o’clock a small seconds register. Slim dauphine’s hands complete this understated dress watch. On the reverse, a snap-off case back. Engraved with “The Tarmac Group Presented to W.H.Young in Recognition of 25 years Service”. The Tarmac Group is a British building materials company. Their headquarters could be found in Wolverhampton, UK. Founded in 1903 by Edgar Purnell Hooley, the company was sold to Lafarge Tarmac in 2014. Inside a Manually Wound ETA 7001, 17 jewels, 21,600 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on an 18mm pigskin leather strap. The watch also comes with its Garrard presentation box and the original card with W.H.Young and was signed by the Tarmac Group chairman at the time along with an appreciative message.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Garrard box and a small slip signed by the Chairman and presented to the owner whose name is engraved on the back. The watch comes paired on a period-correct pigskin strap with a gold plated buckle. The watch is from Circa. 1965 and is sold in worn, vintage condition, although it remains in fair condition for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.