Aurora watches made for Webb C. Ball, Cleveland, O.. All are nickel, 15 jewels, Adjusted, Hurd's regulator, with matching Arabic numeral dials. The damaskeening pattern and presence of red gold trim for the screws/regulator etc.*, suggest they were all made to the grade 113 "recipe". Best...
The mvt shown is a 6s Waltham and such would never fit a 12s Ball case (besides being not wide enough it would also be too thick). Also, the case is hinged where as the one shown with the mvt isn't. Also, the case in the mvt photo looks more like base metal than gold-filled. So I agree with...
Three items related to Aurora's United States Jewelers' Guild movements.
Aurora ad showing cut of a Guild movement:
Aurora grade no. 50 Made Expressly for the Guild (estimated total production = 70):
Aurora grade no. 53 Made Expressly for the Guild (etp = 110):
The regulator index on the above Rockford is somewhat unusual. In a general search of various American makes I only came across it on some early high grade Rockford's. Has anyone seen this shape on other American movements?
Three Aurora's with a connection to the CB&Q RR. Top two are known to have been used in actual RR service on the Burlington Route. Bottom one was a presentation watch to an employee. Sorry about the first picture; it was only one handy.
Two high numbered Aurora's: left #230204 with regular factory markings and right #230199 private label for Hueter Jewelry Co., Cleveland, O. (it has a matching PL dial).
The highest (known) s/n run for Aurora is from 230,001 to 231,000. This run contains a mixture of 11 jewel nickel grades...