Columbus 18S 21J lever set (LS) adj. hunting case movement (HCM) Columbus King pocket watch #503957, beautiful full plate nickel movement with screw-down raised gold jewel settings (GJS), micrometric regulator and an elaborate star-burst and concentric circle damascene pattern, double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with bold roman numerals, red 5 minute markers, and a subsidiary seconds register is marked "Columbus King" and "21 Jewels" in Gothic-style lettering, there is a small section of filing at the edge near the lever, possibly to make the lever easier to pull out from the watch, however otherwise the dial is mint with no hairlines or other defects, bold blue steel spade-style hands, re-cased into a heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) screw back & bezel (SB&B) smooth polish case with a heavy, oversized bow and an extra thick glass crystal, case is showing normal even wear overall with some spots of heavier wear with brass just starting to show, measures approx. 55mm in diameter x 79mm in length x 18mm thick (crystal included). An impressive, high grade Columbus pocket watch from the late 1890s in excellent+ condition!
- Year Made: 1898-1899
- Company: Columbus
- Jewels: 21J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: Columbus King
- Serial #: 503957
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: gold jewel settings (GJS), micrometric regulator
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: marked "Columbus King 21 Jewels"
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: re-cased
55mm (2.17 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
- Misc. Info: extra thick glass crystal
The Columbus Watch Company, out of Columbus, Ohio, was in business from 1874 until 1902. Columbus produced a wide range of watch grades with a large number of high grade watches for railroad service. One of the original founders of the company, Dietrich Gruen, was a leading innovator during the early years of the company, patenting many new and updated modifications to the movements that eventually allowed for smaller, and thinner, watches across the industry.
The company manufactured almost 400,000 watches before it was sold and renamed the . Additionally, in 1894, Gruen founded a new company, the Gruen Watch Company
which went on to make some of the earliest "thin-model" pocket watches and helped to usher in the age of the wrist watch.
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for Columbus 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.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact glass 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.
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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.