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    New York Standard

    This is a New York Standard, the grade name is New Era. It was an affordable watch when new (early 1900's), one step up from a dollar watch as it had jewelled balance. I think this New Era has a good example of the quality of a Perfection case from Philidelphia Case Co; these cases were plated and not gold filled. The outside is completely without any leftover gold plating, while the inside is still crisp. The dial was originally sold with these watches when new.







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    Re: New York Standard

    That dial looks pristine~Cheers!

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    A jeweled balance.... does this make it a Two Dollar watch?

    Looks like you have a well preserved example.
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    Re: New York Standard

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    A jeweled balance.... does this make it a Two Dollar watch?
    You are closer than you might have thought; it cost $2.40 in 1896:
    http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/images/eaa/A/A06/A0677/A0677-04-lrg.jpeg
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    Re: New York Standard

    Hahahaha!! I dunno why, that just struck me all funnylike.

    Would this just be a standard 7j watch?

    By the way, what was the 'minimum' amount of jewels that a watch had to have, before the company considered having this information engraved onto the watch-movement?
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    Re: New York Standard

    Yes this is a 7j watch. New Era came in 7j or 11j versions, competing in the lower market segment with prices well below brands like Elgin or Hampden whose 7j watches cost from $8 upwards in 1896:
    http://elginwatches.org/scans/sales_.../m_pg_192.html
    Unjeweled dollarwatches were still cheaper, and not meant to be repaired when failing. In the 1890'ies and earlier it was not so common to state jewel count on the movement for most watches. Later it was widely used, also for entry level 7j versions.
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