When my grandpa died in 96, this was in a shoebox in his den. My dad believes that it belonged to my grandpas brother, who was not a bright guy, but was strong as an ox. He lived in a small mining town in SE Kansas. He wasn't a wealthy man, and my dad didn't really have much in the way of fond memories of the guy, but not that he was a butt, just that he was the kind of guy who worked all day, came home, at dinner, went to bed and went back to work the next day and he needed to know what time it was. I don't expect the watch is worth much more than the story.
Anyway, my dad wasn't interested in the watch, so I have held on to it for over a decade now. It's only been in the last couple years that I was even able to get the back open. And only a few weeks ago did I finally get agressive enough with it to open the front and finally be able to remove and inspect the movement.
By now, you've probably also figured out that I don't know really know how to work on watches, but I've torn this one down now and put it back together. The regulator spring is totally missing.
Anytime I search the web for New Era pocket watch, I end up with all sorts of things about the Philadelphia watch company. Inside the case, it does have a stamp (although different from what I see online) that states it is from the Philadelphia Watch Case Co, but the movement and face are both clearly marked as New Era.
Any help finding any more useful information, and specifically, if it's possible for me to find another regulator spring to replace the missing one, I'd sure be interested.