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    Default South Bend pocket watches

    Hello I recently aquired a South Bend grade 330 pocket watch what can anyone tell me about this particular watch or others like it?

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    Smile Re: South Bend pocket watches (RE: Pocketwatcher)

    Hi Pocketwatcher:

    Welcome to the NAWCC American Pocket Watch Message Board!

    Checking the references listed in the South Bend Watch Co. Encyclopedia article, South Bend grade number 330 can be seen to be a model 1, 18-size, 15-jewel, hunting movement of which 11,000 were made in 11 runs.

    Unless you know that it has been cleaned and oiled within the last few years, you should have the watch serviced before running it very much. It may be helpful for you to read the Encyclopedia article on Watch Service and its related links, especially the one to the message board thread on the subject. The Encyclopedia article on Choosing a Pocket Watch Repair Person may be useful as well.

    Please feel free to ask about anything that isn't clear to you.

    Good luck,
    Kent
    That guy down in Georgia

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    Default Re: South Bend pocket watches (RE: Kent)

    Thanks and do you know if a South Bend movement could have come originally in a keystone side winder case?

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    Smile Re: South Bend pocket watches (RE: Pocketwatcher)

    The watch case, usually made by a different company than the movement, was usually picked out separately at the time of retail sale. Thus the original owner could have had it put in a case made by the Keystone Watch Case Co.

    However, although some watches were originally set up as a Sidewinder, the odds are that it was changed at a later time. Can you see if the rim of the center ring of the case has any additional case screw marks in it?
    Kent
    That guy down in Georgia

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    Default Re: South Bend pocket watches (RE: Kent)

    I don't see any other screw marks but there is a brass colored oval washer sort of thing under one of the screws.

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