AMERICAN WATCH Co P.S. Bartlett 12 Size 18k original Hunting Case 1865

AMERICAN WATCH Co P.S. Bartlett 12 Size 18k original Hunting Case 1865

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AMERICAN WATCH CO. 1859 – 1873 Boston, Mass. Commonly referred to as “The Mother of all American Watch Companies”, this manufacturer was a international pioneer in watch production and accuracy. They were the first to gain independence from European watch providers in the New World. But more than that, they sought to provide a more accurate watch at a affordable price to the American Citizen. After beginning activity in Boston by the Boston Watch Co. 1853 – 1859, In January 1859, the Waltham Improvement Co. and the Appleton, Tracy & Co. merged to form the American Watch Company. In 1860, as Lincoln was elected president and the country was in Civil War, the American Watch Co. was faced with serious problems. The next year, business came to a standstill. There seemed to be little hope of finding a market for watches, and bankruptcy again seemed close at hand. At this point it was decided to cut expenditures to the lowest possible figure and keep the factory in operation.

American horology owes much to members of the Waltham Watch group such as Bacon, Church, Dennison, Fogg, Howard, Marsh, Webster, and Woerd, who contributed much to its development and success. In early 1861, the name “J. Watson” appeared on model 1857 (first run: nos. 23,601 to 24,300 total production 1200). The next model 1857 was the “R.E. Robbins” of which 2800 were made. The William Ellery marked: Em Ellery, (model 1857) was then introduced with the first serial number of 46,201. It was key wind and key set and has 7 to 15 jewels. A size 10 women’s watch was made in July of 1861 with the first serial numbers of 44,201. It was marked “Appleton, Tracy & Co gold balance, key wind and key set, ¾ plate, 13 to 15 jewels. Some were marked “P.S. Bartlett” and a 15 jewel was marked “Appleton, Tracy & Co.” A special model, 10 size, serial numbers of 45,801 to 46,200, is extremely rare. By 1957, 35,000,000 watches were produced and the factories closed forever.

The example presented in this listing is extremely rare. 47mm diameter. This is the original 18k Gold Case! AMERICAN WATCH Co P.S. Bartlett, Waltham, Mass. 12 Size 18k original Hunting Case:1865. 15 jewels, key wind and key set from the rear, 3/4 plate gilt, solid gold balance, Serial No. 45,803. Original 12 size 18k gold hunting case marked "JMH" and "18k/8582". This 12 size was a special run of 600 and was never produced before or after. It had a separate serial No. sequence. The correct date is March of 1865 (one month before the official end of the Civil War with the signing between Grant and Lee at Appomattox, Vir.) Only three are known to have survived with the original case. This watch has just been completely serviced, and is clean running and accurate. THIS IS A FINE COLLECTIBLE. DON'T INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET OR BONDS. INVEST IN HARD ASSETS, SOMETHING PROVEN IN TIME. NOTE: We have been selling vintage watches on E-Bay since 1998 as watchco1974 with over 9800 vintage watch sales and 100% positive feedbacks. OTHER NICE FEATURES: Free U.S. Shipping. $58 Fedex overseas. BUY WITH CONFIDENCE FROM AN OLD TIMER--now in my 53rd year trading, buying and selling horological items!