South Bend 12S 17J adj. grade 411 pocket watch #637027, beautiful nickel bridge layout movement with screw-down jewel settings and a distinctive fish-scale damascene pattern, porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic-style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a black marked subsidiary seconds register has some faint hairlines, slender blue steel spade & whip style hands, lovely white base metal (WBM) fully engraved thin-model screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with alternating engraved stripes of vertical lines and checkerboard patterns on the back around the blank rectangular monogram shield, deep floral engraving on the bezels, frame, pendant and fancy bow, case is showing normal even wear overall with a few light but notable scratches on the back, some smoothing to the engraving on the bow and a thin line of brass on the back cover edge, measures approx. 44mm in diameter x 57mm in length x 11mm thick (crystal included). A handsome and high quality vintage South Bend pocket watch from the early 1900s in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1910-1911
- Company: South Bend
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 411
- Serial #: 637027
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: bridge layout, screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
- Case Details: thin model
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
The South Bend Watch Company was in business from 1902 until 1929. Originally the Studebaker
family in 1902 and was moved to South Bend, Indiana. The watches produced under the South Bend name started their serial numbers after the end of the Columbus numbers, 380,500, and the company produced approximately 900,000 watches before it succumbed to the downturn of the Depression and closed in 1929.
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for South Bend serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a about the company.
out of Columbus, Ohio, the company was purchased by members of the
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 February 7th, 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.
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