Aurora High Grade Patterns

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  1. andrew66

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    Here a very unusual one marked "Jaccard Watch Co. Kansas City Mo"
     

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    Great - both of them. Shame about the Jaccard movement's condition... not a common piece, no doubt...
     
  3. andrew66

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    Pmwas,
    The movement( just missing regulator and hairspring) and dial are going to be restored by a master watchmaker Also a proper hunting case correct to the period of the watch will house this rare bird.
     
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    Hey all, I'm a newbee and inherited several Aurora's from my dad. Two have movements that are higher grade. Looking for any info you guys can give me. Also the Puzzle movement has a broken mainspring and I'm looking for someone in the Chicago area to repair it. My dad was from Aurora by the way. Thanks 013.jpg 017.jpg 016.jpg
     
  6. Greg Frauenhoff

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    Hi,

    Welcome to our site.

    The Aurora on the left is a grade 7-Htg which was RR grade in its time. The one on the right is a grade 14 (if it's pendant set) or 22-OF (if it's lever set).

    I can recommend a friend in Chicago who does repairs. I will pm the name to you.

    Greg
     
  7. Greg Frauenhoff

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    This thread is rather old but, just in case, does anyone have any new high grade Auroras to share?
     
  8. DeweyC

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    Greg,

    I just bought this and it should be here soon. Is this a grade 113? Thanks!

    AURORA WATCH CO pocket watch movement | eBay
     
  9. Greg Frauenhoff

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    Yes, it's a grade 113. The red gold trim (screws, regulator) is something that didn't hold up very well in the long run on this grade.
     
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    Thank you.
     
  11. Joe Blossic

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    I did a quick scan through the old posts but did not see this one but apologies if it was previously posted. It is a recent acquisition. Joe
    1886 Aurora 18S 17J Grade 10, OF, marked 15 Ruby Jewels, 5th pinion, TuTone snowflake SN#101230
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    Joe, great looking watch. Just need to change one hand to match, both are nice. Minute is easiest. So the style you like best is your answer.
     
  13. musicguy

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    Beautiful Joe, great find.

    RE:Hands
    I agree


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  14. Greg Frauenhoff

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    Joe,

    Nice watch and thanks for the pics.

    I can't tell from the pictures but does it have a Breguet hairspring?

    As for hands, fleur-de-lis is more typical for such mvts near yours in serial number. Open morning glory seems to show up more on the earlier ones.

    Greg
     
  15. Joe Blossic

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    Yes Greg, it does.
    Thanks for the guidance on the hand style.
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  16. Greg Frauenhoff

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    That's good news. However, the regulator looks to be either a replacement or have a broken end as it is not long enough to reach the missing transverse adjusting bar.
     
  17. Joe Blossic

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    Hi Greg, it appears to have been broken off at the tip; also one screw head. Looking closer to your snowflake posting above, it seems there might be another piece missing? A bar that the tip would have sat on? Another part to scour for :)
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  18. Fred Hansen

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    Nice 2-tone pattern ...


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  19. Greg Frauenhoff

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    Update to the March 7&8 #61-67 posts - It has come back with a story to tell. To clarify, this work was done by a watchmaker, as I do not possess such skills. His photos used by permission.

    As Greg pointed out, the regulator tip was cut off. The slider was replaced with removing and replacing the broken screw, along with a correct regulator.
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    The dial, which is in good shape, would not come off. The dial screw pockets had been opened with drill and file and 3 different screws forced in. Two were stripped and with time and patience came out but he third was wedged and took even more time and patience to remove. The trashed holes were restored and proper functioning screws now in place.
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    The canon pinion had the tip peened and was not able to be saved. A replacement pinion, center wheel/shaft, which required some milling and polish for proper freeplay was installed.
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    A bent upper balance pivot was too brittle for straightening, requiring a new one to be fabricated, which turned out well with good poise.
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    Finally, the hour and second hands were replaced to match the minute hand. The replacement case that it came in will suffice for now. A correct and functional beauty is going to have a safe home.
    Good thing I am not in this to make money ;)
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  21. Greg Frauenhoff

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    Looks like beauty. Enjoy it!
     

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