Rockford 18S 15J LS transitional model #61173 pocket watch, 4oz. coin silver HC

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Rockford 18S 15J LS transitional model #61173 pocket watch, 4oz. coin silver HC
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Rockford 18S 15J lever set (LS) transitional model #61173 pocket watch, attractive nickel full plate movement with wavy line damascene pattern has a few small spots of discoloration but still clean and in good condition, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals is marked "Joe Mark, Central City, Col." and has a small flake near the edge at the lever at 5 o'clock with some small hairlines coming from it (not distracting), blue steel spade style hands, heavy 4oz. Newport coin silver smooth polish hunting case (HC) with simple floral engraving around the blank monogram shield on front cover, otherwise unadorned and unpersonalized, oversized heavy bow, case looks to be a re-case to the watch and is showing only normal even wear, measures approx. 58mm in diameter x 19mm thick. An impressive, heavy early Rockford in excellent condition throughout!
  • Company: Rockford
  • Movement Size: 18S
  • Jewels: 15J
  • Setting/Movement Type: lever
  • Serial #: 61173
  • Movement Finish: nickel
  • Movement Details: transition model
  • Dial Material: porcelain enamel
  • Dial Details: "Joe Mark, Central City, Col."
  • Case Style: HC
  • Case Material: Silver - Coin
  • Case Width/Diameter: 58mm (2.28 inches)
  • Case Thickness: 19mm (0.75 inches)
  • Crystal Material: glass
  • Year Made: 1881-1882
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Gender: Gentlemen's
The Rockford Watch Company, located in Rockford, Illinois, was in business from 1873 until 1915 and produced approximately one million watches.  Rockford produced a wide range of watch grades, including some very desirable high- and/or railroad-grade watches including a number of 24J, 25J and 26J models.  Rockford also set themselves apart from other watch companies with the numerous variations of detailed movement damascene finishing options they offered.

As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List which includes information for Rockford serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a comprehensive article about the company.
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description.  This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time.  We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
  • Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
  • Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
  • All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping.  Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition.  If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.

We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us.  To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement to your shopping basket.  The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.

Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches.  If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping.  Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body.  We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.

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We process a very large number of watches and accessories each year for sale via our web site, eBay and local avenues.  We attempt to offer descriptions and photos that are as complete and clear as possible on each item, and we always encourage you to write us with questions if something is not addressed in the description!

In each description, we attempt to note the following things:
<maker><size><jewels><setting><adjustments><grade/model><serial number>, <movement information>, <dial information>, <hand information>, <case information>, <misc. information>, <overall condition and comments>

Taking an example of a watch already described, we've bracketed the different sections and ordered them as above:
<Ball-Hamilton> <16S> <21J> <LS> <adj.> <Official RR Standard> <#B651197>, <nickel movement with gold jewel settings and concentric circle damascene pattern, should be noted that the gears on the movement may not be all original however watch is running strong and not affecting running condition>, <porcelain Ball marked dial with Arabic numbers has very faint hairline (not distracting)>, <blue steel hands>, <beautiful YGF SB&B Ball marked case with engraved bezels and blank monogram shield showing normal even wear (no brass)>, <fancy bow>.  <High grade Ball watch in very good condition, perfect to carry everyday!>

We also provide a List of Abbreviations that we use in our descriptions, as well as a Pocket Watch Sizing Chart that explains numerically and graphically the various sizes of pocket watches that we offer.
We offer a 30-day return period beginning the day you receive your items for all PM Time Service merchandise.  To receive a full refund, the item must be return in "as shipped" condition, with no new personalized engravings or end-user adaptions.  Items damaged in transit will be eligible for the full refund pending the application of the insurance claim on the damaged watch or item.  Please see our Shipping & Return Policy page for full details.
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