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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

DSC_03331 by Golden Photography, on Flickr

DSC_03291 by Golden Photography, on Flickr

DSC_03311 by Golden Photography, on Flickr

DSC_03321 by Golden Photography, on Flickr
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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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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.
 

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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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very nice pocket watch and stunning dial and movement|>|>
 

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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!
 

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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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