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Every Tuesday we send this Weekly Roundup of our most recent Watch of the Day watches. Most watches sell within minutes or hours, so be sure to check the website each day at noon Mountain Time or follow us on social media to get more frequent updates!
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Today, we're thrilled to showcase this one-of-a-kind watch originally manufactured by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1925 — the Boston 452. The watch boasts a remarkable dial reminiscent of wood grain with a cream-colored background and stunning vertical markings. The dial also features stylish black numerals and royal-blue heavy moon hour and minute hands. We encased the original pocket watch within our glimmering, powerful Machined Titanium, further drawing attention to the piece's distinct dial, and equipped it with a sumptuous copper crown.
On the back of the watch, you can view the Boston 452's 225-grade open-face movement with a micrometer regulator, Breguet hairspring, and gold-plated gears. The watch's rear also reveals 17 breathtaking screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. We tied the piece together by matching it with our hand-crafted and unique Stone leather watch strap, making the final product even more stylish.
The American Waltham Watch Company initially produced the Boston 452's pocket watch in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1925 — the same year that a group of African Americans attorneys founded the National Bar Association legal society. Founders Gertrude Rush, George H. Woodson, S. Joe Brown, and many others created the legal network after being denied membership from the American Bar Association. American legal societies largely excluded black lawyers at the time, so the National Bar Association aimed to provide a network for predominantly African-American legal professionals. In 1925, 1,000 members comprised the National Bar Association, and today, the organization features over 60,000 lawyers, professors, law students, and judges.
We're happy to present this historic piece originally manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 505. The watch features a remarkable, aged dial with dark stylized numerals against its light-cream-colored background. The front of the timepiece also boasts teal gothic minute and hour hands. We matched this remarkable antique with our stylish and robust Machined Titanium case and copper crown, adding even more stunning sophistication to the watch.
Our Machined Titanium case features an open back that reveals the pocket watch's 404-grade open-face movement with a center bridge plate. It also boasts a going barrel, bronze-plated gears, and 17 sumptuous jewels. Finally, we made this piece of history wearable with our Natural leather watch strap, complementing the watch's antique design.
The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the Springfield 505's pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1918 — the same year that Opha May Johnson became the first woman to join the United States Marine Corps. In August 1918 — during World War I — the Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, allowed women to enlist for clerical work in the Marine Corps Reserve. After Johnson, 305 more women enlisted. Once World War I concluded, the Marine Corps and other US military branches disenrolled women. In 1948, Congress passed the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, which allowed women to join and remain in the Marine Corps and other military branches outside of wartime.
We’re excited to present you this sophisticated timepiece originally produced by the Illinois Watch Company in 1922 — the Springfield 482. The watch’s dial features a breathtaking center design as well as aged, dark numerals atop its light-tan background. The front of the watch also displays dark-gray diamond kite hands with a touch of blue. We matched this elegant watch with our glimmering Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a luxurious-looking gold-plated crown, making the piece even more stunning.
Our Machined Titanium case has an open back that exhibits the pocket watch’s 405-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish, pendant setting, and going barrel. The watch also boasts a stylish “Sterling” label engraving as well as bronze-plated gears powered by 17 jewels throughout its center bridge plate. To top it all off, we equipped the piece with our comfortable and stylish Stout leather watch strap, adding even more elegance to the final watch.
The Illinois Watch Company initially produced the Springfield 482’s pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1922 — the same year that DeWitt and Lila Bell Wallace founded the Reader’s Digest magazine. DeWitt Wallace began compiling articles to formulate the first Reader’s Digest issue while recovering from a shrapnel wound he suffered in World War I. When first starting the magazine, the Wallaces hoped to earn a net profit of $5000, but the magazine was such a success that it made a gross annual income of $900,000 — over $15 million in 2022 — by 1929.
We're excited to showcase this stunning watch originally manufactured by the American Waltham Watch Company over a century ago — the Boston 447. The timepiece features an elegant dial with dark-gold-colored numerals atop its light-cream background, and the dial also boasts aqua diamond kite hands that glimmer vividly. We encased the original pocket watch within our stylish and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a gold-plated crown.
The back of the watch features a breathtaking 225-grade open-face movement with a Breguet hairspring and patent regulator. You can also view the watch's robust and luxurious gold-plated gears powered by 17 eye-catching screw-set jewels. Finally, we matched the watch with our hand-crafted Moss leather watch strap, complementing the timepiece's dial.
The American Waltham Watch Company initially produced the Boston 447's remarkable pocket watch in Waltham, Massachusetts, 1908 — the same year that President Theodore Roosevelt held the Conference of Governors in the White House. The conference emphasized the importance of conservation efforts and included notable speakers such as James J. Hill and Andrew Carnegie. The event was also the start of the annual governors' conferences in the United States.
We're thrilled to showcase this opulent-looking piece initially produced by the Illinois Watch Company — the Springfield 499. This timepiece boasts a unique dial with a cushion-shaped outline design and remarkably stylized numerals. The front of the watch also features a distinct subdial and gold-colored diamond kite watch hands atop its grayish-cream background. We paired this sumptuous pocket watch with a solid bronze case and gold-plated crown, emphasizing its lavish design.
The bronze case features an open back revealing the pocket watch's 274-grade open-face movement with a going barrel and reed regulator. The piece also displays a "Capital" engraving with a Serif signing style. You can also view the watch's bronze-plated gears powered by 21 jewels throughout its ¾ plate. Finally, we paired the watch with our stylish and comfortable Olive leather watch strap.
The Illinois Watch Company originally manufactured the pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1926 — the same year that the Radio Corporation of America created the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Although NBC is now known for its television network, it began as a radio broadcast. In 1929, NBC created its distinct three-note chime that they still use today. Many speculate that the song uses the notes "G-E-C" to stand for the General Electric Company, NBC's parent company until 2013.
We’re thrilled to present this historic watch originally manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1928 — the Lancaster 140. This watch boasts a unique, antique dial with a white center and an aged brown background underneath its dark-gold-colored numerals. The watch also features violet, Gothic hands that look stunning underneath its “Hamilton” label. We encased this breathtaking piece within our Machined Titanium case and equipped it with a nickel-plated crown.
The open back of the watch reveals its remarkable 912-grade open-face movement with a reed regulator, nickel finish, pendant setting, and black inlay color. You can also view the watch’s robust and luxurious gold-plated gears powered by 17 screw-set jewels throughout its ¾ plate. To top it all off, we equipped this marvelous timepiece with our comfortable, artisan-designed Natural leather watch strap.
The Hamilton watch company initially produced the Lancaster 140’s pocket watch in 1928 — the same year that American accountant Walter E. Diemer invented bubble gum. Diemer worked as an accountant for the Fleer Chew Gum Company when he created a new recipe of gum that was stretchier and less sticky than regular gum, enabling chewers to blow bubbles. The bubble gum — which Fleer president labeled “Dubble Bubble” — was an instant success and dominated the bubble gum market until Bazooka created its iconic bubble gum in 1947.