Howard 12S 17J adj. 3p series 7 pocket watch #1275041, attractive nickel bridge movement with a bar-style damascene pattern, mint porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic-style numbers and a subsidiary seconds register, purple steel open diamond style hands, heavy smooth polish yellow gold filled (YGF) Howard hinge back & bezel (HB&B) case with a fancy squared bow, case is showing only light, normal wear with a few light tool-marks near the case lips but no other notable defects, measures approx. 45mm in diameter x 59mm in length x 12mm thick (crystal included). Also comes with a dark wooden Howard box with black velvet fitted interior and Howard papers. An attractive Howard triple signed watch from the early 1900s in excellent+ condition throughout!
- Year Made: 1914-1915
- Company: Howard
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: series 7
- Serial #: 1275041
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: bridge layout
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: Howard markings
45mm (1.77 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
- Box Info: dark wood Howard box with papers
The E. Howard & Co. watch business was founded in 1858 in Boston, Massachusetts and produced watches until 1903. This early company was distinctive for early high grade watches, many innovations in watch construction, and their unique sizing system for their movements, which were marked as "E. Howard & Co." In 1902, the Edward Howard name was purchased by the Keystone Watch Case Company, and the resulting Howard watches from this new era were then marked as "E. Howard Watch Co." These later Howard watches are often referred to as "Keystone Howards."
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for E. Howard serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has an , as well as an after the purchase by Keystone.
You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Howard Pocket Watches
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.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact plastic crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this pocket watch for you. We offer a number of new and vintage crystal choices for pocket watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order.
with any further questions or for an estimate on any shipping delays.
Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your shopping cart
but later change your mind on the crystal selection type, you'll need to remove the watch from the cart in order to make a new crystal selection. Once that is done, you can return to this page and add that new combination to the cart. We apologize for the limitations to our system that prevent you making that change from the shopping cart directly.
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.