Internet Horology Club 185
In Search Of Seth Thomas
May 10, 2012, 07:41Dr. Debbie Irvine
In Search Of Seth Thomas
May 13, 2012, 21:23Eric Unselt
The chart below is the 1904 catalog showing serial numbers by Model assignment. The red
arrow shows the 200,000 numbers blocked out for the Model 5. Remember, by this point the company had been making watches for nearly 20 years, and the serial numbers had yet to reach the million-mark. In another 10 years the company would stop pocket watch production entirely, so I question if they actually produced the 3 million watches they were supposed to have made.
May 13, 2012, 21:26Eric Unselt
arrow in the above chart identifies the run into which this next watch falls. Notice that from SN 10,000 where the Model 1 leaves off up to SN 100,000 there is only Models 2 (hunter), 3 (3/4 plate OF), and 4 (KW OF).
My thanks to our own Jon Hart for this example, a gilt Model 2, SN 88645:
May 13, 2012, 21:27Eric Unselt
Another interesting lever-set 16-jewel movement with no center jewel on the dial side:
Note the Adjusted marking on the pillar plate next to the balance.
May 13, 2012, 21:31Eric Unselt
Protected by a fantastic gold-filled hunter case supplied by IHC185's own Rob Jones:
May 13, 2012, 22:23Jon Hart
Is that the movement you purchased from me on IHC?
May 25, 2012, 14:07Eric Unselt
Yes Jon, and thank you - it now has a new dial, re-blued hands, and a period-correct hunter case.
Below is a 1909 advert for the Grade 36 Model 8:
Again note the half-headed case screws and the lack of a dust band.
May 25, 2012, 14:10Eric Unselt
The 7-jewel pinstripe New Eagle movement was one of the most common of the lesser grades.
Thanks to our own Andy Schwartz for this example:
May 25, 2012, 14:12Eric Unselt
Fronting it is a very unusual metal Arabic dial:
June 13, 2012, 22:19Eric Unselt
June 13, 2012, 22:22Eric Unselt
Here is yet another variant of the Grade 182, and this time it's circles-and-rosettes with a center checkerboard:
June 13, 2012, 22:23Eric Unselt
Fronting it is the black-only Arabic Gothic dial with open morning-glory hands:
June 13, 2012, 22:24Eric Unselt
Fully protected by an Arm & Hammer case:
July 01, 2012, 17:07Eric Unselt
The rarest Maiden Lane of them all was the 21-jewel variant. Available in two separate runs of 20 and 60, for a total of 80 ever made, the earlier patterns had no jewel count, some runs simply had the letter "J" after the "21", while the later runs had the word "jewel" spelled out.
July 01, 2012, 17:08Eric Unselt
Fronting it is the standard Arabic dial with matching spade-and-poker hands:
July 01, 2012, 17:09Eric Unselt
All wrapped up in a stunner of a Philadelpiha case:
July 03, 2012, 17:40Eric Unselt
An ad from the 1908 catalog, showcasing more of the Model 8:
July 03, 2012, 17:42Eric Unselt
In the above ad this watch would've fetched a mere $6.65 back in the day:
July 03, 2012, 17:44Eric Unselt
Another two-tone 17-jewel pattern Model 8 from the incredibly prolific design engineers at Seth Thomas:
July 03, 2012, 17:45Eric Unselt
Wrapped up in a lesser 10-year Supreme case:
August 07, 2012, 22:16Eric Unselt
An ad for Models 8 and 9, open-face and hunter, respectively, showing an 11-jewel variant. It's a standard 7-jewel watch with 4 extra jewels in the top plate only.
August 07, 2012, 22:17Eric Unselt
Here is an example of an 11-jewel Model 8 in a two-tone pattern: