The Aurora Co had a hard time of it, losing money almost from day one. Their first treasurer stole thousands, the same man who lured investors to the city, and there were strikes, multiple turnovers in management, and payroll shortages. The factory "borrowed" their first pendant-set design from a man they had already fired, and later that same year were sued by Elgin and Waltham to stop further production, losing the suit in 1890.
The Aurora Watch Co was formed in Aurora, Illinois in 1883 with the unusual strategy of offering small-town jewelers a stake as investors, eventually producing around 100,000 watches in their 7-year run. Following the trends of the day, the company introduced their first pendant-set 18S movement in 1887, based on the patent of their supervisor, whom they had fired the previous year. This superb 15-jewel Grade 14 looks to be an entirely original combination, with every one of its factory jewels intact. It carries gold settings and blued screws on exceptionally clean nickel plates, along with the upgrade Hurd regulator. It fronts a correct single-sunk dial with a matching cursive signature behind blued spade hands, and the Reliable warm brass case is in excellent condition with tight hinges, a sharp crown, a glass crystal, and a blank shield on the back.
Manufacturer - Aurora Watch Co
Serial Number - 47955
Watch Size - 18
Watch Grade - 14
Jewel Count - 15
Winding/Setting - Stem/Pendant
Production Year - Around 1887
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