Seth Thomas 18S 11J model 1 #791 pocket watch, clean full plate gilt movement with engraved balance bridge and brushed finish has a small scratch near a plate screw otherwise mint, double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic numbers and red 5 minute markers has some flakes and small hairlines under the bezel near the lever (not distracting), blue steel hands, unusual coin silver smooth polish double hinged swing out case with thick glass crystal, gold hinge and oversized bow is showing normal even moderate wear, measures approx. 56mm in diameter x 20mm thick (crystal included). An early Seth Thomas watch in excellent condition throughout!
- Company: Seth Thomas
- Jewels: 11J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: model 1
- Serial #: 791
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Silver - Coin
- Crystal Material: glass
- Year Made: 1884/85
- Gender: Gentlemen's
The Seth Thomas Watch Company, located in Thomaston, Connecticut, was in business from 1883 until 1915 and produced approximately 3.6 million watches. Seth Thomas produced a diverse compliment of watches, including their most notable and high grade 24J Maiden Lane series.
Seth Thomas was also a prominent clock manufacturer that is still, under different ownership, producing clocks today. While the company did produce a fair number of pocket watches, in 1915 they phased out the pocket watch production line and focused solely on clock production. More information on the clock history aspect of this business can be found at this overview of the Seth Thomas Clock Company
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for Seth Thomas serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a comprehensive article
about the watch production side of 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.