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I Just finished cleaning and adjusted this new for me. E Howard Watch Co. 23 jewel 12 size, Series 8, Model 1912, Serial Number, 1106706, 23 jewel. Has the original Howard Crescent 25 year case. I got it for a very good price as it was listed as a 21 jewel Model 8 according to the Pocket watch data base. The lister had copied all the information from the web site. After getting the watch I reported it as being inaccurate in their description, Sent in a photo as they wanted to see it and then they redid the page, it is now a model 1912 was listed as a model 1908, 21 jewel. When I took the movement apart it has Jeweled banking pins to account for the 23 jewels. The dial has a repair at 4, and two of the dial pins are gone one was still in the watch held in with the screw. I will look for a replacement dial but have not seen another like this one with the bold numbers. So may keep it on and use a glue tab but so far the one foot is holding. I like the hands and would like to know what name they went by, if anyone knows thanks. Rod

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Ethan Lipsig

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Congratulations, DTSPatrick, for having acquired a scarce top-grade Waltham. About 1000 Model 1894 Bridge Models were made, about 400 hunters and 600 OFs. About 900 came from the run starting 8,774,XXX and about 100, all OFs, came from the run starting 12,548,XXX. It took me about 15 years of collecting to find one and then, as often is the case, I acquired three in about a year: #8,774,578 (Hull dial, 14k OF Lissauer or Dubois case; #8,774,893 (English Roman numeral dial, 18k AWCO OF case), #12,548,306 (Hull dial, 18k OF A&B case).
 
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Jerry Treiman

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I like the hands and would like to know what name they went by, if anyone knows thanks.
Hi Rod - those hands belong to an "Augustan" model Howard. In this series of Period Watches they matched dials, hands and cases so each model was distinctive. I don't believe your hands are original to your watch.
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Rick Hufnagel

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I set a budget to find a nice model 1908 for a future zoom meeting and set off learning the basics of the grades. The requirement was basically just 17 Jewels. I didn't really want to pay for cap jewels so my options were Bartlett, Royal, and a few numbered grades. I figured it would take a couple months to find the right one.

This popped up last week, and Im really excited it stayed within the limit. So it was actually a few weeks instead of months!

This is a gold flashed P.S. Bartlett model 1908, it lives in a wonderful 20 year Philadelphia SB&B with some very nice engraving. The dial is perfect. If I have to nitpick... the minute hand is a bit short and doesn't match the hour hand, and it has a plastic crystal. Easily remedied.

Always fun to learn about new things. The gold flashing really pops in person, the picture doesn't do it justice! I think this was the perfect watch for the project and parameters set.

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This is a gold flashed P.S. Bartlett model 1908, it lives in a wonderful 20 year Philadelphia SB&B with some very nice engraving.

Very nice! I've not seen any gold flashed versions of the 1908 before.
 
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Clint Geller

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Dave Coatsworth

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Since I bought this watch solely for the American watch paper, I'll share it here in the American forum. The watch paper is for Joseph Coatsworth of Galena, Illinois. Joseph is the first generation of this family of jewelers in Galena, having moved his family there from Pottsville, Pennsylvania in 1850. I believe this paper is not much later than that. The watch, if I am reading my hallmarks correctly, dates to 1828 or thereabouts. There are other papers underneath this one, which might provide more history on the watch. I will see if I can remove them with damaging any.

You can read my article on this branch of the Coatsworth family here: https://www.nawcc-ch190.com/newsletters/ChronoTimesNovember2008.pdf

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Nice find Dave!


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Since I bought this watch solely for the American watch paper, I'll share it here in the American forum. The watch paper is for Joseph Coatsworth of Galena, Illinois. Joseph is the first generation of this family of jewelers in Galena, having moved his family there from Pottsville, Pennsylvania in 1850. I believe this paper is not much later than that. The watch, if I am reading my hallmarks correctly, dates to 1828 or thereabouts. There are other papers underneath this one, which might provide more history on the watch. I will see if I can remove them with damaging any.
Fine watch and fine history lesson, Dave. From the home of the Hero of Appomattox and our 18th president.
 
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The last generation (3rd) to work in the jewelry business in Galena certainly took advantage of this association with Grant. I have quite a few pieces of china (teacups, plates, creamers) showing the Grant home and marked J. W. Coatsworth. The 4th generation son decided not to go into the family business and went off to Princeton, becoming an accountant. Thus, the store closed around 1902.

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Got a new pair of shoes for my favorite little Waltham Riverside Maximus. On a side note — seemed tough to find a pendant-set 6s case that fit my age/quality requirements. Finally found the right fit. Sadly, while giving the case a quick clean before movement install I cracked the crystal. Dumb dumb dumb. Hopefully I can find the right size replacement.
Love the case. I’ve had heavier cases (weighing in at about 22g) but the quality of this R&F case is fantastic and dates perfectly to the late 1890’s. Couldn’t be happier except for my dumb mistake.

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Got a new pair of shoes for my favorite little Waltham Riverside Maximus.
Lovely case for this watch, and appropriate style. In my opinion R&F were among the better case makers of their day. This one is also in an R&F case -
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Elgin grade 370, model 15 B.W R., 16s, 17J, adjusted 5 positions, ser. 14845911 (1910).

The majority of my Elgin 16s watches are model 15, 3/4 plate, nickel finished movements and this 370 dates from the first year the model 15 was introduced in 1910. Compared to other Elgin model 15 grades the 370 was produced in a relatively (for Elgin that is) small number of 7300 movements.
The watch is in good condition (outside of some hair lines between 3 and 5 o'clock and ding on case back), and after a bit of oiling and adjustment it still keeps a positional avg. of under 5 sec. per day. All in all a very nice find.

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When it rains, it pours...lucky enough to land this classic beauty a couple weeks ago...I know I've stated a number of times how I almost exclusively collect the older, scarce and rare iconic railroad watches but this is iconic and valuable without being scarce. They made about 7,000 950E movements, so they're around, but this movement, with a #532 dial, baton hands and in the real mainliner case with every component in excellent condition is a more than worthy exception.

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Here's a first year(1913) 16S model 9 23J Bunn Special with the bright-spotted movement...only 500 total produced and only 300 in this variant...it's taken me two years to find one for sale! Here's another watch, while not rare, is hard to find in this combination: a first year and first run Hamilton 992E with the scarce "narrow stripe" demaskeen movement, the Hamilton white gold-filled #6 case and the always sought after #522 dial

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Another recent acquisition....A Hampden 18s 17j two-tone beauty, SN 1029826. The PWDB classifies it is a "3 Ball", which clearly it is NOT, it doesn't have the 3-ball pattern. It looks like a two-tone Special Railway, but the movement isn't marked as such. The Henry Burgell (NAWCC Chapter 149) lookup table says this is a Grade 43, two-tone. It came in this rather bland, tarnished AWC Co. Nickel Silver swing-out case, and will be getting an upgrade to a salesman's sample case when it arrives in the mail.

Any ideas as to the grade? Is the Grade 43 correct? I couldn't find any comparable photos for comparison.

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Elgin # 1592361
Grade 48

This is the first 16s interchangable Elgin I've done, and I have to say it is a breeze after fooling around with the pendant setting 18s movements! I didn't know if this was salvageable or what... The case back was pried open instead of unscrewed.. the movement didn't run.. but the grade 48 is pretty neat. 13 jewels with a patent regulator... I liked it.

chased the threads on the case back, removed some damage with a file and gave the rear a few tweaks and bends and it screws back on pretty well. It's a Crescent coin silver case.

The movement cleaned up nicely and runs great. It came in a sidewinder configuration, and I have enough open-faced sidewinders, so I switched it to wind at 12. The lever slot was already in place. It was missing the ratchet pin (I call it the lift pin) and luckily it's exactly the same as the 18s, so I had one from a parts movement.

It will make a cool carry watch! Have a good day!

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