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Nashua Watch Co 20s 15J
Serial #1233

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Nashua Watch Co. 20 size 15 jewel keywind and keyset pocket watch.  A very rare maker of profound historical importance to the American watchmaking industry, the Nashua Watch Co. of Nashua, New Hampshire was formed in 1859 by a number of the American Watch Co. of Waltham's most talented employees who departed Waltham to create this new venture.  In its short existence the Nashua Watch Co. succeeded in producing a very limited number of top quality 3/4 plate movements of a distinctive new design, but in 1862 the firm was purchased by and reabsorbed back into the American Watch Co. and became Waltham's "Nashua Department" which went on to establish Waltham's top grade production in the years to follow.  True Nashua Watch Co. finished and signed watches are substantially rare and fall into two categories, 19 jewel movements with serial numbers in the 1001 to 1099 range and 15 jewel movements with serial numbers in the 1201 to 1299 range, but it is worth note that only a portion of these serial ranges was actually completed under the Nashua signature as a sizable portion of this production was unfinished upon transfer to Waltham in 1862 and were then subsequently completed with the "American Watch Co." name.  This example is the 15 jewel model and is fronted by its correct unsigned single-sunk enamel dial and is housed in a silver hunting case recase.  Movement serial number is 1233.

Running and a very nice looking movement with excellent gilt color and just some typical mild surface marks and some mild ultra-fine striations to the gilt surface.  Dial has a hairline between 10 O'clock and the upper left of the seconds-bit and has a few faint hairlines elsewhere.  Case shows even wear and has some metal loss to its pendant push button.  Case cuvette shows a single plugged keyhole, and case bezel is a snug fitting replacement that shows provision for a hinge while the case itself does not have a bezel hinge provision.  Good glass crystal.

$15000 plus shipment.