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  1. Clint Geller

    The jewels race: When do extra jewels make a difference in value for collectors?

    To the contrary, Lee, I think your question was apposite, lucid, perspicuous, piquant, and even perspicacious.
  2. Clint Geller

    The jewels race: When do extra jewels make a difference in value for collectors?

    I understand Rodney Dangerfield carried a Hampden. :)
  3. Clint Geller

    The jewels race: When do extra jewels make a difference in value for collectors?

    The first run of American Watch Company Grade 20 Size keywinds, which were movements that were begun at the Nashua Watch Company, had 19 jewels and no center hole jewels. Instead, the pallet arbor and escape wheel both were capped. Some early 16 jewel Appleton, Tracy & Co. Model 1857 Walthams...
  4. Clint Geller

    The jewels race: When do extra jewels make a difference in value for collectors?

    As others have already said here, jewels in mechanical watch movements have both functional and cosmetic attributes. Generally speaking, and I'm sure there may be exceptions, American watch manufacturers put the most jewels in their highest quality, best made and most carefully adjusted products...
  5. Clint Geller

    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    Here is my latest acquisition: American Watch Company Grade 21 jewel Model 1872 movement, SN 1,265,944, with gold dome, gold train, gold screwed down jewel settings, and Breguet hairspring, in a 3 ounce (53 DWT net 18 karat gold) engine turned AWCo hunting case. The cuvette of the likely...
  6. Clint Geller

    End of Waltham KW/KS movements?

    Here are examples of Waltham's highest grade key wound watch, and Waltham's most expensive time only stem wound watch, which was contemporaneous with it: a nickel 19 jewel key wound and set American Watch Company (AWCo) Grade Model KW16, SN 501,586 (one run of at most 79 movements), and a...
  7. Clint Geller

    E. Howard / Boston N-size in EH & Co. case--found today

    Yes, Ethan. The W. B. Learned patent dates are marked on the dial plate of your movement below the balance wheel. To my knowledge, all split plate Howards originally had threaded center arbors and cannon pinions.
  8. Clint Geller

    E. Howard / Boston N-size in EH & Co. case--found today

    John, you are in luck, then. Congratulations. As for the cannon pinion, I believe it originally would have been screwed on, but many have been modified over the years. If it functions properly, that modification would not affect the value of the watch.
  9. Clint Geller

    E. Howard / Boston N-size in EH & Co. case--found today

    As MrRoundel pointed out, your watch is a "Series VII split plate" in the earlier collector nomenclature, or a "Model 1894" in the later collector nomenclature. The open face N Size split plates and both the hunting and open face L Size split plates appeared the following year in 1895. I assume...
  10. Clint Geller

    Pre-Keystone Howard movement size question

    John, the answer to your question may not be completely straightforward. After Edward Howard retired from management of the company in 1881 or 1882, it may be that the company quietly brought their nominally "L Size" split plate models introduced in the 1890's into conformity with the standard...
  11. Clint Geller

    Pre-Keystone Howard movement size question

    Hi Jb, E. Howard & Co., that is, the original "Howard" company that made watches, did not use the Lancashire Gauge number system of watch sizes. They used a letter system of Edward Howard's own invention in which Size A corresponds to a one inch diameter dial plate, incrementing by 1/16 of an...
  12. Clint Geller

    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    I'm wondering now if Thor was the only Norse God in Hamilton's product line. A Loki watch would have been cool. As a kid, my favorite comics were Spiderman and Dr. Strange.
  13. Clint Geller

    Favorite Watch Inscription

    Sadly, I think that before SSA and pensions, fifty-year careers were more common than one might think, especially when employment careers often began at age seventeen or even before. Of course, life expectancies were lower too, but even so. Presentation watches like Jerry's probably became much...
  14. Clint Geller

    Favorite Watch Inscription

    In Post #62 of the thread linked below is a humble seven jewel Waltham Wm. Ellery Grade Model 1857 movement, SN 42,995 finished in June, 1862, in an original silver case that was carried by Elial Foote Carpenter, a Union soldier who rose from 2nd Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel in command of...
  15. Clint Geller

    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    Yes, well, I understand that the NAWCC utility was introduced as "a work in progress" that would improve over time as users added data. Whatever its current limitations, which I hope may be transitory, I still find it a very useful tool.
  16. Clint Geller

    Please Show the Most Recent Addition to Your Collection

    Here is a very recent addition to my collection, a 21 jewel open face American Watch Company Grade Model 1888 movement, SN 7,000,907, in an engine turned 18K gold case marked "Waltham." The NAWCC Waltham research utility indicates that only a single run of a hundred open face 21 jewel AWCo...
  17. Clint Geller

    Sunday Hunting

    And another stunning Ethan Lipsig case.
  18. Clint Geller

    Time on the go

    I wore my watch very occasionally at the lab where I worked, mostly only if I was giving a presentation before a group and I had an excuse to wear a vest. Also, once a year I taught the six-week Applied Nuclear Physics course in the Bettis Reactor Engineering School to the newly minted Navy...
  19. Clint Geller

    Solid gold case — heaviest cases?

    Goin' up Cripple Creek, goin' on a run Goin' up Cripple Creek t' have a little fun Goin' up Cripple Creek, goin' in a whirl Goin' up Cripple Creek t' see my girl That's the chorus to the Old Tyme tune "Cripple Creek." Some of the other lyrics may be over the edge for here. I play Cripple Creek...

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