Rockford 18S 9J key wind pocket watch #95884, handsome nickel full plate movement with screw-down jewel settings and a bar-style damascene pattern, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds register has a small section of flaking at the edge near 6 o'clock, likely from years of "nicks" when the front bezel was opened to set the time, however no hairlines or other defects, blue steel spade-style hands, re-cased into an impressive Fahy's No. 1 coin silver fully engraved hunting case (HC) with crisp engine turning under a smooth polish ring with large floral designs near the pendant and above the fancy monogram shield, monogram shield is blank on one side and engraved with a sheaf of wheat or grain on the reverse, coin edge bezel accents, offset recessed hinges, extra heavy over-sized bow and a white base metal (WBM) anti-magnetic dust cover, case is showing only light even wear overall with very little smoothing to the engraving and a little discoloration in the area around the winding hole on the dust cover from years of use, measures approx. 58mm in diameter x 89mm in length x 20mm thick. A very heavy, eye-catching and impressive early Rockford from the 1880s in excellent+ condition!
- Year Made: 1881-1882
- Jewels: 9J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Serial #: 95884
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Silver - Coin, Base Metal - Silver/White
- Case Details: Fahy's "No. 1" model
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
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 comprehensive article
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.
As of September 28th, 2023, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
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.
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