PW12098

Western Watch Co. 18s 11J
Extremely Rare Maker
$1400



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Western Watch Co., Chicago 18 size 11 jewel keywind and keyset pocketwatch.  An extremely rare watch, the Western Watch Co. represents the final stage in the ...

 

  • Newark Watch Co., Newark NJ (1864-1870)
  • Cornell Watch Co., Chicago IL (1870-1874)
  • Cornell Watch Co., San Francisco CA (1874-1876)
  • California Watch Co., San Francisco CA (1876)
  • Western Watch Co., Chicago IL (1880)
... lineage of makers and is the rarest of these five companies.  The Western Watch Co. was the creation of Albert Troller who had purchased the remaining materials of the California Watch Co. (in later years, Troller became Superintendent of the Rockford Watch Co.), and the Western Watch Co. achieved only a very small output.  This example is fronted by a sunk-seconds enamel dial which is unsigned as is seen among most Western Watch Co. examples.  Watch is housed in an open face coin silver recase.  Movement serial number is 28669.

Running and lost a few minutes over 24 hours and I think likely hasn't seen a servicing in quite some time.  Movement has some scattered marks, most prominently of these is a patch of scratches on the plate under the balance wheel inside of the 4th wheel position.  Winding arbor escutcheon is missing a screw.  Dial has scattered hairlines, and dial has a small surface flake in the minute chapter between 42 and 43 minutes.  Dial is missing one of the feet from its reverse.  Hour and minute hands are mismatched.  Case is heavily worn with the central shield engraving on the rear only lightly visible, and case back has shallow denting.  Good thick glass crystal.

$1400 plus shipment.