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Let me correct my above statement by saying that I did not mean to include indicators in the above statement.Rockford movements were primarily cased by 'sellers' (jewelers). However, and you will hear this word a lot, there was a Rockford Watch Case Company that was eventually a department within the Rockford watch company that made cases mostly for 16s and smaller movements. They did make cases for the 18s but very few are found today and not sure if Rockford mated them with movements. Rockford sold complete watches such as the indicators and named grades such as Iroquois, Pocahontas etc. and a few others (e.g. Extremethin cases and other 0s) but these were 16s and smaller sized movements. They had a 18s reversible case named 'muckle' and these could have been sold complete with movement by either source but, there again, don't know for sure. Rockford watch movements are found in many different case brands that include Star, Keystone, Dueber, Muir, Fahys, Philadelphia, etc. and I am sure can be found in many, many more due to switching and parting that is prevalent today. The only hint of finding one that might be original is when there are no extra case screw marks but that does not guarantee any originality.
Jay:my recently acquired Rockford 18s from 1910 is housed in a Muhr/Zurbrugg 'B crown II' hunter case
Kent, thanks for sharing the ads and discussion of this possibility. Does this concept seem to be related to materials/resources being allocated to the war effort and a shortage of cases? I know that WWII era ads strongly advocated taking care of older watches, and having them repaired until production for non-military consumption could begin again. The suggestion is a subtle part of the ad, and I hadn't really picked up on this point in WWI ads.Another less common, but still possible occurrence may be the the original purchaser had the new movement placed in the case of an existing watch he/she was upgrading. Several watch companies advocated this during the teens (see below ads),
Neat watch. Congrats.Just bought this terrific 18s 3/4 Plate Model 5 as discussed by Greg and Darrah in this post. Dueber case with dust cover marked "Made for Rockford Watch Co."
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