18 Size Hunting Case Pendant Set

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  1. ben_hutcherson

    ben_hutcherson Registered User
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    I'm spinning this off of another thread running now, but it's something that was brought up and discussed a bit but I've not actually seen an example.

    Of course, 18 size OPEN FACE pendant set watches are quite common-to the point that lever set OF 1883 model Walthams are considered something of a prize to an '83 collector. With Waltham, you also see a lot of early OF 1892 models that are pendant set, along with later lower grades of 1892. Most other makers made quite a few PS OF 18 size watches after ~1900.

    If we discount N size Howards, though(which of course are not quite 18 size), I don't recall ever seeing a hunting case pendant set 18 size watch. In fact, every 18 size hunting case I've handled has used a set screw to retain the pendant.

    Does such a beast exist? I've come to believe that it doesn't, but I'm happy to be proven wrong.
     
  2. luvsthetick

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    #2 luvsthetick, Jun 4, 2018
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    One example where a pendant set 18s hunter case is necessary, all 18s Elgin convertibles (made beginning in the 1878-79 time frame) are pendant set. No point having a movement that could be hunter cased without case makers making suitable cases to mount them in their hunter orientation.
     
  3. Kevin Neathery

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    How strict do you want to be on this? Only major American watch makers?
     
  4. Kevin Neathery

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    Not sure if this playing dirty for this but.... IWC was an American company prior to it's Swiss incarnation. Bradley NY private label.

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  5. Tom McIntyre

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    I worked in both engineering and product management in the computer industry and it was always amusing when the marketing folks asked for a feature to make a product less expensive because it was nearly always the case that the engineering solution was more expensive than the original design (although the company could still sell it for less and accept a smaller margin.)

    The 18 size pendant set convertible was intended to be the cost reduced version, but the elaborate and troublesome setting mechanism clearly must have cost more to make than the simple lever set version. I am sure the sales force had asked for a "cheap pendant set watch."
     
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    Good point!

    A curiosity since the 16s are lever set with a similar set/wind mechanism.
     
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    #7 butlercreek, Jun 4, 2018
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    I have a hunter cased Waltham 1892 that is pendant set.....that was without a doubt intended for use on the railroad.....
     

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