There are some watches that are pure eye candy, reminding us of just why we collect these mechanical works of art, and this is one of those watches. Beauty, form, and function all combined, and the best part is that it's an original combination, making you its newest owner. The next time you step out in style, make sure this piece is in your vest pocket attached to a gold double-Albert.
The National Watch Co was founded in Elgin, Illinois by several prominent Chicago businessmen as the Civil War raged in August of 1864. Work began as soon as the new factory was completed, which would eventually produce some 54 million watches, equaling the total output of all other American brands combined. One of its early named grades was the GM Wheeler, named for explorer and cartographer George Montague Wheeler, who led several expeditions to map the western half of the country in what would eventually become the United States Geological Survey department. This spectacular pendant-set 17-jewel Grade 338 appears to be an entirely original combination, one of a run of 2,000 produced in 1904, with a rare factory upgrade of a gilt hardware package. It fronts a flawless fancy dial with gold filigree around a pale blue center behind gilded Louis XIV fancy hands. Its display case is warm brass, sometimes called a "wheat" case, with beveled glass crystals in both bezels to show off what's sure to be a centerpiece in your collection.
Manufacturer - Elgin
Serial Number - 11902482
Watch Size - 16
Watch Model - 7
Watch Grade - GM Wheeler
Jewel Count - 17
Winding/Setting - Stem/Pendant
Production Year - 1904
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