Antique ca. late 1800's Howard Chronometer Grade Rare Cal. 4918 Solid 14k White Gold
I think this Howard might be my favorite piece in our collection right now. Yes, we have a lot of railroad watches, this is not a railroad watch; but a super high grade dress watch with a fantastic original dial, 14k solid white gold case, Howard's signature extra dust cover, and stunning engraving all around. The movement, the Howard Caliber 4918, was one of Howard's first in house calibers, and they made it very high end and in small numbers. The movement features 21 jewels, adjustments, superior finishing, and high end jewel settings. There are several interesting markings on the movement - is was a pat. pending in the US. There is some patina on this dial - other than that, there is no wear noted and no problems with this watch. It is stem set and size 12s, which is a men's dress pocket watch size. All the gold hallmarks are present, and the watch was just serviced April 2018 and keeps time to modern chronometer specifications. I believe this movement is capable of precision time more so than many others made in the 1800's. I would also consider this watch to be in the ultra-thin category. Although it would not win awards for it's thinness, it is a thin piece compared to most others of the era. There is the beauty, historic and artistic value of this watch, but what makes this what so special and rare, is the movement and case. This watch also comes with its original box as found in an estate sale. It's a perfect fit. The inside of the box is not in the greatest shape, as there are some tears in the fabric; however, the box is perfect on the side that the watch sits in place. The outside of the box is in excellent condition and is made of a resin type navy blue material. It is very hard and heavy but it is not wood like most Howard cases. Overall, this is a must have watch that makes my top ten list (high up there) in our pocket watch collection. This one should sell fast so don't wait if you love it.