South Bend 16S 17J lever set (LS) adj. 8p grade 223 The Studebaker #727660 pocket watch, mint 3-finger bridge nickel movement with gold center wheel, raised gold jewel settings (GJS) and checker-board style damascene, double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel Montgomery-style dial with bold fancy Arabic numbers and red and black minute markers is marked "South Bend" in small print, dial has a very small flake near the edge under the bezel by the 24 but no hairlines, purple steel hands, beautiful fully engraved yellow gold filled (YGF) screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with vertical line pattern under the blank fancy monogram shield, floral designs around outer edge along with vermicelli engraving on both bezels, French style bow and glass crystal, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 13mm thick (crystal included). A high grade beautiful South Bend in excellent+ condition throughout!
- Company: South Bend
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 8 positions
- Model/Grade: grade 223 The Studebaker
- Serial #: 727660
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: GJS, gold center wheel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: Montgomery
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Crystal Material: plastic
- Year Made: 1912/13
- Gender: Gentlemen's
The South Bend Watch Company was in business from 1902 until 1929. Originally the Studebaker
family in 1902 and was moved to South Bend, Indiana. The watches produced under the South Bend name started their serial numbers after the end of the Columbus numbers, 380,500, and the company produced approximately 900,000 watches before it succumbed to the downturn of the Depression and closed in 1929.
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for South Bend serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a comprehensive article
about the company.
out of Columbus, Ohio, the company was purchased by members of the
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.