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This is a nice list of major American jewelers of the early '30s.
This letter announces the formation of the American Watch Assemblers Association. It is undated but this seems to be 1932 or 1933. The letter is drafted by the secretary of the formative meeting, William Helbein of the Helbros Watch Company.
The later wristwatch data is almost entirely based on actual watches found. So if you see something incorrect in those higher ranges, let me know. Every actual watch recorded helps zero in on exactly where the serial number range boundaries are for the later grades.
In this image, the movement is in setting mode and a little spring of steel is touching the balance wheel. It at the upper right visible near the balance cock. This spring stops the balance wheel, and thus the watch.
In winding mode, that spring is moved out of the way and the balance starts.
The black gear on the back is sitting on the 4th wheel. The 4th wheel is the one that turns one revolution per minute, and this is where, on the other side, the seconds hand would be on a typical pocketwatch (the location of that sub-dial for seconds is not a matter of style, but of mechanics). This watch has a sweep seconds hand, mounted in the middle. The black gear drives a pinion on a shaft that passes inside the center wheel arbor, through the watch, to carry the sweep seconds hand over on the dial side.
military time keeping topics here!
This is the Home version of an 1857 model. Notice that only the upper pivots are jeweled, so as to give the appearance of more jeweling than the watch actually has.
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