Seth Thomas carries a proud and unique heritage, founded by a Puritan man with an iron work ethic who was born just after the Revolutionary War in Connecticut. His clockmaking company began producing high-grade pocket watches in 1885, the only American clockmaker to attempt it, and the factory ended up making some of the most gorgeous designs of our railroad era, spanning nearly 30 years' worth of production until the outbreak of World War I.
In 1885 the Seth Thomas company took a big risk by launching a parallel industry of high-grade pocket watches and their Model 2 was the factory's first hunting model, conceived in 1886 and produced the following year. It was a skeletonized 3/4-plate design with a graceful cantilever over the center wheel pivot that continued the use of the long pallet escapement. Roughly 57,000 of the Model 2 were produced in all grades and jewel counts over the company's 30-year run, so any good example is worth owning. This beautiful example looks to be an original combination of case and movement, and the single-sunk dial is correct for this grade with the matching cursive signature. It was just fully restored with a new balance staff and a thorough going over, keeping excellent time and ready for daily carry by the new owner. The gold-filled Keystone Premier hunting case is in fine condition, although it has no warranty mark showing content, but the dust cover and shield are both blank, the hinges are tight, the crown is sharp, the bow is tight, and the glass crystal is NOS.
Manufacturer - Seth Thomas
Serial Number - 68494
Watch Size - 18
Watch Model - 2
Watch Grade - 152
Jewel Count - 15
Winding/Setting - Stem/Lever
Production Year - 1893
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