John Qvarnstrom, Norrkoping (Sweden) 43mm (16S) 16J key wind pocket watch #840272, impressive gilt early bar-style movement with a matte finish and an engraved balance bridge, elegant porcelain enamel dial with sleek roman numerals, black fancy Arabic 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register has a number of small faint hairlines, purple steel moon style hands, heavy .800 fine marked silver hinge back & bezel (HB&B) case with engine turning around a deeply engraved fancy oval blank monogram shield, a heavy oversized bow, thick glass crystal and a base metal dust cover, case is showing normal moderate wear with some smoothing out of the engraving along the edge of the back bezel and small patches of wear on the front bezel, there are still small spots of gold trim on the front and back bezels as well, however it has mostly been worn off and is now just the smooth polish silver, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 15mm thick (crystal included). A very attractive watch from the mid-1800s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: mid 1800s
- Company: John Qvarnstrom, Norrkoping (Sweden)
- Jewels: 16J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Serial #: 840272
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Movement Details: bar-style
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Silver - .800 fine
50mm (1.97 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
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.
Please note: an appropriate winding and setting key (or keys) is included in the listed price for this item. Unless otherwise noted in the Full Description, the key is not original to the watch.