14K Gold Hunter Case 14K
Non-Magnetic Watch Co. Pocket Watch in
Exceptional Condition – 139.6 Grams TW!
U.S./IL. ; Peoria Watch Co./Non-Magnetic of America; Serial# 31,923;
CASE: The 14K yellow gold, 18-size, No. 4,168 hunter case
features machined decorations and is signed R.C.Y. & Co. Weighs
89.47 DWTS = 139.5 Grams TW.
DIAL: This white porcelain, double sunk dial displays Roman
numerals, diamond hands and is signed Non-Magnetic Watch Co..
MOVT: This 15-jewel, lever-set, No. 31,923, adjusted movement
with lever escapement is nickel with a full plate layout and is signed
Non-Magnetic Watch Co..
C 2 (The case is in perfect
D 2 (The dial is in perfect
M 3 (The movement is in very good
R 8 (Rarity on a scale of #1 being
very common to #10 being extremely rare)
Experts Opinion: Very scarce Non-Magnetic Watch Co. by Peoria Watch
Co. in mint heavy 14K U.S. Assay engine turned coin edge hunter case.
Paillard’s patent. Probably less than 1,500 produced of this 18-size by
A hunting case covers the face of the watch concealing the dial. The
case is opened by pressing the stem or the crown of the watch. Hold the
watch in your right hand with the bow between the index finger and
thumb. Press on the pendant-crown with the right thumb to release the
cover exposing the face. When closing, do not SNAP the cover. Press the
crown to move the catch in, close the cover, then release the crown.
This will prevent wear on the rim and catch.
Stem-wind, Lever-Set Movements
Mandatory for all railroad watches after roughly 1908, this kind of
pocket watch was set by opening the crystal and bezel and pulling out
the setting-lever (most hunter cases have levers accessible without
removing the crystal or bezel), which was generally found at either the
10 or 2 o'clock positions on open-faced watches, and at 5:00 on hunting
cased watches. Once the lever was pulled out, the crown could be turned
to set the time. The lever was then pushed back in and the crystal and
bezel were closed over the dial again. This method of time setting on
pocket watches was preferred by American and Canadian railroads, as
lever setting watches make accidental time changes impossible. After
1908, lever setting was generally required for new watches entering
service on American railroads.
During the mid 1880's a series of patent's for non magnetic alloys for
balance springs and balances were granted to Charles-Auguste Paillard
who had experimented with gold and palladium alloys. Pocket watches
were made by the “Non-Magnetic Watch Co. of America” from 1887