Rockford 18S 17J lever set (LS) pocket watch #541119, beautiful nickel full plate movement with screw-down jewel settings and a fancy concentric circle and wavy line damascene pattern, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals, red Arabic 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register has a few small repairs on the edge of the dial under the bezel however no hairlines, blue steel spade style hands, re-cased into a heavy white base metal (WBM) screw back & bezel (SB&B) smooth polish case with coin edge bezels, a heavy bow and a thick glass crystal, case is showing normal even wear overall but does have a few small spots of discoloration and small depressions along the frame, measures approx. 56mm in diameter x 82mm long x 21mm thick (crystal included). A beautifully finished Rockford pocket watch from the late 1890s in excellent+ condition!
- Company: Rockford
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Serial #: 541119
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
56mm (2.20 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
- Year Made: 1899-1900
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 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.