PW12059

Otay 18s 15J Native Son
2-Tone
$2000



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Otay Watch Co. 18 size 15 jewel hunting case lever-set "Native Son".  Good looking watch from this scarce Southern California maker, in total Otay produced roughly 1200 watches and these were made in two distinct blocks of serial numbers which run from 1001 to approximately 1550 and from 30001 to approximately 30640.  The movement of this example is very attractive with a 2-tone damaskeen pattern.  Watch is fronted by a double-recessed enamel dial and is recased in a hunting case with attractive engraving pattern.  Movement serial number is 30138.

Running but motion is quite sluggish as the watch winds down and I think likely would benefit from a cleaning and oiling.  Nice looking movement with good 2-tone color and some typical mild surface marks.  Dial faces up well but has some perimeter flaws outside its minute chapter - an edge chip near the 3 O'clock area, a pair of edge flakes near the 5 O'clock area, and small fractures near the edge outside 10 O'clock.  Case is attractive but has a crease type dent to the front (which is more evident to its inner surface), shallow compression type denting to the central rear, and a front lid that opens a bit wide of 90 degrees.  Good glass crystal.

$2000 plus shipment.