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Here's your Weekly Roundup!
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!
We're up to SIX watches per week now!
Click the images of the watches to learn more about them. Make sure to check the website at 12 PM Mountain Time for the Watch of the Day!
Today, we're pleased to present this one-of-a-kind piece initially manufactured by the American Waltham Watch Company in 1925 — the Boston 437. This watch offers notable unique qualities, including a gorgeous yet straightforward color scheme. The pocket watch's dial features an exquisite center design and golden numerals that shine attractively against the dial's white background. The piece also boasts light navy-blue hour and minute hands contrasting the dial's background and numerals. We matched the watch's color scheme with a golden crown, and the piece now shines even brighter with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case.
Through our clear display case, you can view the watch’s 225-grade open-face configuration with a nickel finish and pendant setting. The watch also features a micrometer regulator and a Breguet hairspring. You can also see the pocket watch's stylish and powerful gold-plated gears along with its 17 pristine screw-set jewels fixed atop its ¾ plate. The watch's inner workings are robust and practical, but they also pair perfectly with the piece's luxurious design. Finally, we added our fashionable and comfortable Cordovan Black leather watch strap along with a gold-plated buckle, both of which complement the dial's breathtaking style.
The American Waltham Watch Company created this pocket watch in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1925 — the same year that the iconic American author F. Scott Fitzgerald published the groundbreaking novel The Great Gatsby. According to Fitzerald biographer Matthew J. Bruccoli, part of Fitzerald's inspiration for the titular Jay Gatsby came from his Long Island neighbor Max Gerlach. Max Gerlach accumulated a substantial amount of wealth during prohibition through bootlegging in New York, and with newfound opulence, he flaunted his wealth and frequently hosted luxurious parties. Gerlach eventually lost his wealth because of the Great Depression and the legalization of alcohol.
We’re excited to present you this piece initially manufactured by the Illinois Watch Company in 1923 — the Springfield 484. The Springfield features a breathtaking light gold-colored center design that looks gorgeous against the dial’s cream-colored background. The dial also features distinct dark numerals and attractive dark spots against the light background that convey the watch’s antique qualities. We encased the pocket watch in our robust and scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and gave it a gold crown, which pairs excellently with the center design.
The back of the watch boasts a 405-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. It also comes with three adjustable positions as well as a center bridge plate. The bridge plate sports 17 jewels and a stunning engraving that reads “The Autocrat,” perfectly describing this wearable piece of luxury. Finally, we matched this watch with our comfortable and unique Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap and nickel-plated buckle.
The Illinois Watch Company produced this pocket watch in Springfield, Illinois, in 1923 — the same year that American inventors Lee de Forest and Theodore Case showcased their optical sound-on-film invention Phonofilm, which laid the foundation for film studios using original sound in movies. They used their creation to film live performances, such as vaudeville acts, operas, and musical performances. Theodore Case went on to create Movietone in 1925, which the Fox Film Corporation then used to create the first feature film that utilized an optical soundtrack, Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, in 1927.
We’re thrilled to present you this beautiful piece initially created by the Hampden Watch Company in 1912 — the Canton 016. The watch’s stunning dial features an immaculate white background with exquisite, dark numerals, and the piece also sports both standard minute indicators and red minute numerals. The dial also boasts a light-navy hour hand contrasting the dark minute hand. We equipped the pocket watch with our glistening, scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and copper crown, which go perfectly with the watch’s pristine design.
The case’s clear back reveals the watch’s 310-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish, gilt inlay color, and pendant setting. The back of the watch also boasts a bridge plate with 17 ruby and sapphire gilded screw-set jewels. Additionally, you can view the intricate bronze-plated gears that power this breathtaking piece. Finally, we paired the watch with our artisan-crafted Black leather watch strap and our on-of-a-kind Machined Titanium buckle.
The Hampden Watch Company created this pocket watch in Canton, Ohio, in 1912 — the same year that the United States elected Woodrow Wilson as the 28th president, beating former president Theodore Roosevelt and incumbent William Howard Taft. After years of dissatisfaction with President Taft’s policies, Theodore Roosevelt had attempted to gain the Republican nomination for the 1912 election year. Roosevelt lost the nomination to Taft, so he split from the Republican Party and started the Progressive “Bull Moose” Party. Woodrow Wilson won the presidency in a dramatic landslide with 435 electoral votes.
The Canton 006 (SOLD)
We're thrilled to present this one-of-a-kind, classy piece initially manufactured by the Hampden Watch Company in 1914 — the Canton 006. The Canton's dial sports a pristine, white background with antique-looking hour and minute hands. Its dark brown numerals are displayed distinctly atop the white background, perfectly matching the hour and minute hands, and the numerals boast a classic, bold font style that looks gorgeous against the dial's simple background. We paired the pocket watch with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium, which further brings out the piece's simple yet elegant watch style. We also equipped it with a copper crown, contrasting the dial.
The case's clear back gives you an intimate look into the watch's inner workings. You can see its 307-grade open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting. The piece's bridge plate boasts 17 screw-set jewels, and you can view the watch's shining gold-plated gears powering this antique beauty. Finally, we matched the watch with our artisan-crafted Cordovan Oxblood leather watch strap, adding even more elegance to the piece.
The Hampden Watch Company created the pocket watch in Canton, Ohio, in 1914 — the same year in which the United States military occupied Veracruz, Mexico. The United States and Mexico had had poor diplomatic relations since the Mexican-American war that ended in 1848. On April 9, 1914, the Mexican government arrested nine unarmed U.S. Navy sailors in Tampico, Tamaulipas, in what is now known as the Tampico Affair. The Mexican government released the sailors, but the United States navy demanded an apology and a 21-gun salute. Mexico apologized but refused to salute. After receiving word that Mexican President Victoriano Huerta received weapons, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson delivered an order for the Navy to take Veracruz. The United States occupied the city for seven months, resulting in further tension with Mexico.
We’re pleased to present this antique piece initially crafted by the Elgin National Watch Company in 1911 — the Chicago 464. The pocket watch’s dial sports a deep tan-gold background with dark numerals. It also features a centerpiece pattern with gold-tan lines vertically strung atop a lighter shade of tan. We paired the pocket watch with our robust DLC case and a gold-plated crown. The DLC case compliments the dark numerals, while the gold-plated crown goes perfectly with the dial’s background.
The back of the watch boasts 347-grade, open-face movement with a nickel finish and pendant setting, originally tested in three different positions. The back of the watch also boasts gold-plated gears along with a ¾ plate that sports 17 jewels. Finally, we equipped the watch with a gold-plated buckle and our Moss leather watch strap, giving the piece a rustic, unique quality.
The Elgin National Watch Company manufactured the pocket watch in Elgin, Illinois, in 1911 — the same year that Louis-Joseph and Arthur Chevrolet and William C. Durant opened the Chevrolet Motor Company. William C. Durant also co-founded General Motors, but he was fired from GM after the company faced economic setbacks from acquisitions. Durant used Chevrolet’s success to buy a controlling interest in General Motors in 1917. He then became president of General Motors and merged Chevrolet as a separate division within GM.
We’re excited to showcase this one-of-kind piece initially manufactured by the Hamilton Watch Company in 1928 — the Lancaster 132. The pocket watch’s dial features an antique-looking, tan background with highly unique and rustic gold-colored numerals. The piece also sports dark violet minute and hour hands that draw even more attention to the breathtakingly distinct dial. We matched the pocket watch with our scratch-resistant Machined Titanium case and gold-plated crown. The crown pairs excellently with the dial’s unforgettable numerals.
The back of the watch features 918-grade open-face movement with a Breguet hairspring, ¾ plate, and three adjustable positions. You can also see its gold-plated gears powered by 19 ruby jewels with matching gold screw settings. To tie the piece together, we added a hand-crafted, comfortable Stout leather watch strap and a gold-plated buckle resembling the crown and numerals.
The Hamilton Watch Company manufactured this piece in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1928 — the same year President Calvin Coolidge approved the Boulder Canyon Project, leading to the construction of the Hoover Dam. Before the Hoover Dam’s construction, the Colorado River frequently flooded and destroyed farms in California. The dam cost over 49 million dollars to construct at the time, which is worth over $680 million today. Congress referred to the dam as the Hoover Dam because Herbert Hoover was president during the first years of its construction. During the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, the dam was called the Boulder Dam, but Congress officially named the dam after Herbert Hoover in 1947.