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Rare & Important Timepieces from a Private Collection

December 11, 2018

Lot 86: E. Howard Watch Co. pocket watch, No. 198

Price Realized $15000.00


Circa 1912, Roxbury, MA
Dial: white enamel with black Breguet numerals, outer minute indices, sunken sub-seconds, blued steel parallel spade hands
Movement: 23 blue sapphire jewels, #198, 16 size, frost gilt, bridge caliber, straight line lever escapement, cut bimetallic compensation balance with gold temperature adjustment screw and platinum mean time screws, the arm with two gold friction fit eccentric adjustment fixtures, freesprung blued steel Breguet balance spring, sapphire banking pins, gold train, wolf-tooth winding wheels, engraved: Pat'd '05 010
Case: 18K yellow gold open-face case signed: Howard, #198, smooth polished, hinged bezel and back, gold hinged cuvette with engine-turned border and signed: E. Howard Watch Co. Boston No. 198
Accompanied by original mahogany fitted wooden box, original outer card box, extra mainspring, and certificate
51.5mm Dia.
101 grams gross


Notes: This highest quality watch made by the E. Howard Watch Co. is an excellent example of the "Golden Age" of the American pocket watch chronometer. Production for this watch model was limited with a retail price of $350 at the turn of the 20th century, and was likely made to compete with other high-quality models being introduced between 1900 and 1910 with staggaring price points. Construction and design highlights include a freesprung balance, sapphire jewels, and jeweled bank pins. Also a rare find, the present example is accompanied by the original fitted box, certificate/license and outer box.

Sold for $15000.00
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Overall very good condition. Winds, sets and runs. Dial: Very good condition. Movement: Very good condition. Light surface abrasion. Some oxidation. Case: Very good conditon. Light surface abrasion commensurate with wear. Crack to crystal edge. Wooden box: Good condition. Some suface abrasions. Aligatoring finish. Some wear to interior. Card box: Good condition. Surface wear throughout.

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