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LOVE the CPR shield engraved on the watch - - from the days when companies had pride, when was that ever going to be seen except by a watchmaker who would possibly, (only possibly) be working on the piece at sometime? :eek:

It's not ven subliminal advertising, it's maybe sub-subliminal - - a watchie thinking this is a nice piece, look at the workmanship and subconsciously starting to recommend Waltham as a result! :notworthy: The general engravure is just so absolutely beautiful! NO, it's not functional, it's inside the watch, but I could sit and look at that for ages :yes: The balance wheel itself is a work of art, the pointer on the regulator - - - STOP, Mel, you'll use up the bandwidth for the day! :rofl2:

Thanks for showing and telling - - - Gorgeous!

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This is a fairly scarce watch. It is by The Keystone Standard Watch Company,( not to be confused with The Keystone Watch Case Company). This company was formed by Abraham Bitner when he bought about three quarters of the stockholders shares for 10 cents on the dollar of The Lancaster Watch Company when it went into liquidation in 1886. The company Bitner formed assumed the name of Keystone Standard Watch Company. This company lasted just five years before it too went into liquidation and the business was sold in 1891 to another new company, that became the famous Hamilton Watch Company.

During the five years the Keystone Standard Watch Company were in operation it is estimated that they produced only 48,000 watches in various sizes and models.

This hunter cased watch is an 18 size, 15 jewelled, adjusted, 'Dustproof' grade. To make the movement completely dustproof, a cover was placed over the balance that contained a small silica window. The watch dates to about 1888. It retains the original dial, hands and Metropolitan Watch Case Company gold filled hunter case, which are mostly seen on Keystone watches and the previous company Lancaster watches.

At the time they advertised that they were the only watch factory using only genuine ruby jewels in every grade.DSCF0079_zpsb726373d.jpg

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This is an 18 size hunter cased watch by the Springfield Watch Company. This company was formed in 1869 and the first movements were produced in 1872. This movement is a 'Stuart' grade, which was the first and highest quality they made in the early years of production. The 'Bunn' grade was the second highest. It is a Model 1, with the serial number 2548 and is from the first year of production(1872). It was a key wind and set movement with 15 jewels, which was regarded as fully jewelled at that time. This would have been an expensive watch, and a few years after purchasing the watch the owner decided to have it converted from key wind and set to pendant wind and lever set using the new Abbott patented conversion. Quite a number of high quality watches were converted rather than the owners going to the expense of buying another high grade watch to keep up with modern trends. The watch still retains the original 'Springfield' dial which was only used for just over the first year of production. This was the 148th 'Stuart' produced. When the watch was converted it had to be re-cased into a pendant set case. This is a correct period Dueber box hinged gold filled hunter case. The Springfield Watch Company eventually became the Illinois Watch Company. DSCF0066_zpsd3ef0bfb.jpg

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The 'Stuart' grade was named after John Todd Stuart who was the first president of the company. He was a former Congressman and early law partner of Abraham Lincoln.

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These are two Waltham 18 size Model 1892 'Royal' Grade with two tone movements. They both date to 1898 with 17 jewels in gold settings, bi-metallic balance with gold balance screws, and micrometric star regulators. One is housed in a very early 18 size Dennison top of the range 'Sun' gold filled case. The other one is in a Crescent Watch Case Company coin silver swing ring case with a Pioneer nickel silver insert.DSCF0091_zps96300e5b.jpg

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