That's quite a find John as David explained it is one of the earliest Columbus watches part of the "Under 20,000 movements" of Swiss parts origins. The cream-colored "American Pocket Watches Encyclopedia, Volume 1" from Ehrhardt devotes pages 162-170 to comprehensive Columbus information including company history and date charing, check pages 162 and 163 for coverage of the early 1874-1883 watches assembled in Columbus, Ohio using mostly Swiss components. This is still done by watch companies and not unlike some foreign car companies do here today, major components are brought in from off-shore and final assembly performed here.
There is additional information including a production date chart on pages 105-110 of the Ehrhardt "American Pocket Watch Book 2, known as the red, white and blue book.
If there is interest we could probably scan the pages I referred to above and place it in a section along with our South-Bend Catalogs as Columbus represents the early years of what became the South-Bend Watch Company. At that point we could then move most Columbus watch discussions there as well.
So let us know in this topic if that would be of interest. If you want this to happen we will need your encouragement and support to proceed with the project.
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