All of the existing Seth Thomas catalogs advertise the Old Eagle Series as having jewel counts from 7 up to 17, but so far all of the reported examples have 7, 11 or 15 jewels. Recently one with 17 jewels surfaced, but there are several aspects to it that make it appear prototypical and not a regular production piece. Scroll down to learn more.
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The only reported Old Eagle with a jewel count greater than fifteen is full of contrasts. For one thing, it's nickel, whereas all of the other jewel counts were available in two-tone, and the pattern is identical to a standard 7-jewel Grade 36. The plate jewel settings are larger than those of any other model, the balance cap jewel is press-fit and not screwed down, and there is no marked jewel count. The lower center jewel was replaced with a bushing at some point and was done very well, so the count is now sixteen. The biggest tip-off may be the regulator, which is simple and there are no empty mounting holes for a gooseneck spring. The balance wheel does not have any meantime screws, and the hairspring is flat and not a Breguet. Finally, the SN places it near the end of the run, and usually the higher grades were introduced fairly early by the factory. Regardless, it's a very interesting example and a great carry watch with a white Roman dial and correct hands, and housed in a heavy Silverode case that was converted to display with NOS beveled glass crystals. Matching lanyard and display stand included.
Manufacturer - Seth Thomas
Serial Number - 626609
Watch Size - 18
Watch Model - 6
Watch Grade - 210
Jewel Count - 16/17
Winding/Setting - Stem/Lever
Production Year - 1903
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