Internet Horology Club 185
In Search Of Seth Thomas

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February 14, 2013, 19:35
Eric Unselt
In Search Of Seth Thomas
Top-shelf for the Model 8 with the Seth signature was this 17-jewel variant with an uninspired pinstripe pattern:

February 14, 2013, 19:36
Eric Unselt
Fronted by a faux double-sunk Arabic dial with matching light spade hands:

February 14, 2013, 19:36
Eric Unselt
Wrapped up in a lesser "thin" Montauk case:

February 14, 2013, 20:09
Roger Stephens
Eric perhaps the pinstrpeing is uninspiring but it is elegant.Beautiful watch!
February 25, 2013, 12:18
Eric Unselt
Thanks, Roger Smile

Keeping in mind that the serial numbers for the Model 5 started at 200,000, the earliest movement that I can find is 200,392 in a black-and-white catalog re-print.

This example is a 15-jewel unadjusted Grade 159:

February 25, 2013, 12:21
Eric Unselt
The earliest specimen in my collection is SN 200,406 - and it's a 15-jewel adjusted Grade 204.

Note the pattern change from the ad above:

February 25, 2013, 12:22
Eric Unselt
It fronts the standard double-depressed Arabic dial:

February 25, 2013, 12:23
Eric Unselt
Well-fitted into a very healthy Crescent case:

February 25, 2013, 12:38
Jon Hart
Nice looking case - Eric...
March 01, 2013, 21:50
Eric Unselt
The Grade 159 was mid-level in the Model 5 family - pendant-set with a micro-regulator, and at 15 jewels it made for a very solid carry watch:

March 01, 2013, 21:51
Eric Unselt
This specimen fronts the black-only 24-hour radial Arabic dial:

March 01, 2013, 21:52
Eric Unselt
Bunkered into a Supreme gold-filled case:

March 01, 2013, 21:57
Joseph Boone
The grade of that watch may be mid-level, but that dial is top shelf. I love it
March 01, 2013, 22:13
Eric Unselt
Thanks, Ryan Smile

My own favorite is the rarest Seth Thomas dial of them all - the double-sunk 24-hour Montgomery:

March 02, 2013, 09:06
John J. Flahive III
Awesome 24 hour dials Eric! The Canadian Montgomery dial is the first one I've seen.

John III
March 27, 2013, 17:52
Eric Unselt
Thanks, John Smile

Here's another variant of a Grade 182; this specimen is the straight-nickel version of a pattern shown a few pages back.

March 27, 2013, 17:53
Eric Unselt
Fronting it is a black-only heavy Arabic dial with matching heavy spade-and-poker hands:

March 27, 2013, 17:54
Eric Unselt
Carefully guarded in a massive Crescent swing-case with a copper-inlay train and tender on the back:

March 27, 2013, 17:57
Dave Turner
Very nice!

Dave Turner
March 29, 2013, 18:53
Joseph Boone
Yes Eric I'm with you on that one. That 24 hour monty is superb my friend.
April 12, 2013, 20:21
Eric Unselt
Thanks, boys Smile

Another one of the lesser named grades is the 18-size Republic, shown here in a machined gilt finish:

April 12, 2013, 20:22
Eric Unselt
Fronting that 7-jewel Model 12 is a rare embossed metal dial: