South Bend 16S 17J grade 211 pocket watch #987214, handsome nickel split plate movement with screw-down raised jewel settings and a concentric circle damascene pattern, double sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic-style numbers and a black marked subsidiary seconds register has a small flake at the edge of the dial at 6 o'clock along with a small defect in the outer black border near 8 o'clock but no hairlines, blue steel spade & whip style hands, re-cased into an attractive yellow gold filled (YGF) screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with engine turning across the back cover with a fancy monogram shield at 6 o'clock elaborate monogram initials in the shield are possibly "EH", coin edge frame, glass crystal and a large heavy bow, case is showing normal even wear overall with some smoothing on the back engraving, some small spots of brass starting on the pendant, a few shallow dents on the back and a few chips on the side of the glass crystal, we can replace the crystal with a new beveled plastic one at no charge on request
, measures approx. 51mm in diameter x 71mm in length x 15mm thick (crystal included). An attractive, high quality vintage South Bend watch from the 1920s in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1921-1922
- Company: South Bend
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 211
- Serial #: 987214
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: double sunk (DS)
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: re-cased, monogram
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
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 December 9th, 2022, 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.
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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
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