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This little railroader is highballing to Overhaul Junction where it goes to the backshop for a complete overhaul including the cockeyed crown.An even later arrival is a Ball/Waltham, B0554477, M1899, circa 1903, 16s, 19j, adj, RRG. View attachment 714979 View attachment 714980 View attachment 714981 View attachment 714983 View attachment 714985 View attachment 714986 Both dial and movement marked for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers View attachment 714989
The case does not appear to be original to the movement. I see extra screw marks.I hope that the wheels of the engine were aligned better in real life View attachment 715626
I like the movement. The case design does not really appeal to me, but this is due to my European background. Over here watches with railroad designs on case and/or dial typically had quite inferior movements, just in contrast to this watch.
Hi Steven, that looks like the right dial for the movement to me, but it obviously has been modified. The fourth wheel pinion has been shortened, the seconds hand was dispensed with, and the seconds bit has been replaced with a blank disk on which an image of one of the original owner's family members has been placed.This fellow has seen all types of action. The movement is an E. Howard & Co. 15j Series VIII N movement. The current case is by the AWC Co., the Canadian branch of the family judging by the Maltese cross and the designation "Sterling." I say "current" because there appears to be an extra screw mark indicating a recase. The dial, ignoring the pictures (apparently members of a previous owner's family - not mine), would appear to be an L size, type 7 dial (see Clint Geller's article on the E. Howard & Co. Watch Dials in the August 1993 Bulletin, specifically p. 393, fig. 8). So, again. likely incorrect? Still and all, it has some attraction, or I guess I wouldn't have bought it.
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Thanks for your observations, Clint. Much appreciated. Good news about the dial, though I do wish the owner had left the seconds bit intact; however, family comes first, I suppose..Hi Steven, that looks like the right dial for the movement to me, but it obviously has been modified. The fourth wheel pinion has been shortened, thr seconds hand was dispensed with, and the seconds bit has been replaced with a blank disk on which an image of one of the original owner's family members has been placed.
I'm glad your bypass worked out, Stan. How many bypasses did you get? I got four. (There is no prize for the biggest number.)Did you ever make a life and death decision to buy a pocket watch? This case wasn't as dramatic as all that...
I signed up for a coronary bypass operation on July 5th. About a week before that I made the decision to stop looking at/buying watches (and other things I collect) because I would be in the hospital and not at home to receive delivery of any items.
About 15 minutes after I made that decision, I was scrolling through an auction in some place like Podunk, WA, and saw the below watch and knew I wanted it. One of the delivery options was via USPS and since I was having my mail held while in the hospital, I decided to bid. I waited until about 15 seconds before the auction closed with the bid at $131 and bid $252 in case there was competition. That made my bid the winning bid at $145. Twit that I am, I didn't notice that any bid within the last 5 minutes of close reset the clock to 5 minutes. I sat there for 5 long minutes with my fingers poised to enter a new bid. Nothing happened. With buyer's premium, tax, and shipping, I bought the watch for $202.31
Of course, the next day I get notified that the watch would be delivered by UPS when I might not be home to receive it. I called the auction house and arranged to have them hold it a couple of days before handing it to UPS so that I would be home to receive it. I got the operation done and got home in jig time and started waiting for the watch. Nothing. UPS had not received it.
The weekend of July 9 -10, I started calling every number and emailing every address I had for the auction house leaving messages. I got a text back saying it would be shipped on July 11. It was! I waited for a long 9 days for UPS to get it from WA to MA.
It was worth the wait. Here is the circa 1899 18S 21J Rockford Model 10 Grade 805 S/N 535750 (only 700 copies made) I received yesterday.
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Here is the circa 1899 18S 21J Rockford Model 10 Grade 805 S/N 535750 (only 700 copies made) I received yesterday.
I am in awe of the damaskeening on these two beauties!Here is a South Bend, G313, M2, circa 1911, 18s, 17j, adj temp & iiso
Here's my Elgin convertible grade 86 dial of 1895. They're nearly identical aside from the different signature font. Hands look OK to me also. These take a deeper case than most 16s watches.
post a photo of the movement, the 86's are very nice!Here's my Elgin convertible grade 86 dial of 1895. They're nearly identical aside from the different signature font. Hands look OK to me also. These take a deeper case than most 16s watches.