My Great Grandfathers 1926 Studebaker Pocket Watch

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    My Great Grandfathers 1926 Studebaker Pocket Watch

    Hello WUS
    I wanted to share with you all my introduction to Mechanical waches.
    This watch was my Great Grandfathers Golden R.
    My middle name is Golden, and fathers middle name is also Golden.
    The pocket watch is currently my fathers, it was given to him about 10years ago. I remember being very excited about it and amazed at how it worked(still works today 85 years later).
    I brought it out today to take some photos and share them with this great forum.

    DSC_03271 by Golden Photography, on Flickr

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    Re: My Great Grandfathers 1926 Studebaker Pocket Watch

    This Studebaker was built in South Bend In, just like the cars were. The Studebakers bought Deiter Gruen's Columbus Watch Company assets and moved them. Nice case. Any hallmarks?
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    Yes there are some on the inside of the case i will get a pic.

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    Not an easy photo to get but here is what i came up with

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    Re: My Great Grandfathers 1926 Studebaker Pocket Watch

    I don't recognize the cartouche. That may tell us the case maker. The case is 14kt white gold filled. This means it is brass sandwiched between two sheets of white gold (bound together by pressure). The use of white gold is not common.

    Are there any numbers on the movement itself? I can't read anything. This might give us some dating or at least an idea of the level of the movement.

    This watch is far better than 99.99% of all pocket watches made today. The American pocket watch is something of a lost art today.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: My Great Grandfathers 1926 Studebaker Pocket Watch

    Thank you for the info.
    the movement says
    8 adjustments
    studebaker
    south bend watch co. usa
    21 jewels
    double roller

    1144784

    The case has an emblem of what appears to be north america and say nawco inside of it,
    "king"
    14k
    gold filled
    480553
    above the emblem there are two hand engraved sets of numbers
    f924
    29091

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    Re: My Great Grandfathers 1926 Studebaker Pocket Watch

    very nice pocket watch and stunning dial and movement
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    Re: My Great Grandfathers 1926 Studebaker Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by georges zaslavsky View Post
    very nice pocket watch and stunning dial and movement
    Thank you

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    Re: My Great Grandfathers 1926 Studebaker Pocket Watch

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldenR View Post
    Thank you for the info.
    the movement says
    8 adjustments
    studebaker
    south bend watch co. usa
    21 jewels
    double roller

    1144784

    The case has an emblem of what appears to be north america and say nawco inside of it,
    "king"
    14k
    gold filled
    480553
    above the emblem there are two hand engraved sets of numbers
    f924
    29091
    The serial number does indeed date this to 1926. I assume you set the time by pulling up the stem. If it were lever set, it would be a railroad grade watch. This watch was one of the best being made at the time.

    The case was made by the North American Watch Company. They made cases for a number of companies. This is their King model. I suspect it too was one of their best models.

    The hand engraved numbers are by watchmakers recording their service activity.

    Don't wind or use the watch until you have had it serviced. The oil is dried out at this point and running the watch will wear it down very fast.

    Again, beautiful piece. A truly wonderful family heirloom. Thanks for posting it!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Thanks for all the info
    I plan to have it serviced for my dad. Might also have them clean and polish it.
    It has made it 85 years and four generations i hope to see it passed through five or six.

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