Westclox vintage "dollar watch" stopwatch, 16 size, 1 jewel, heavy smooth polish chrome case with a stepped bezel

Westclox vintage "dollar watch" stopwatch, 16 size, 1 jewel, heavy smooth polish chrome case with a stepped bezel

$110.00

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  • Vintage item
  • Vintage from before 2000
  • Materials: chrome, metal, steel, jewels, gilt, acrylic
  • Power: Mechanical
  • Readout: Analog
  • Can be personalized: No

Westclox 16S 1J "dollar watch" model 90002 stopwatch, full plate gilt movement, mint white metal dial with black Arabic numbers and minute markers and a red "60", red steel sweep second hand and a black steel duration counter light baton style hand, heavy smooth polish chrome case with a stepped bezel, heavy shoulders and an elegant rounded bow showing only very light wear, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 60mm long x 16mm thick (crystal included), domed acrylic crystal, stop and start slide on the frame at 11 o'clock. Unlike later stopwatches, this early simple model does not have a click-to-reset crown. Instead, you wind the watch to apply power, and then use the slide to start and stop the timer. To reset the timer, you pull the crown away from the watch and manually return the hands to the 0/60 position. An interesting timepiece from the early 1900s in excellent+ condition!
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The production of "dollar" watches (which, by 1896, did actually cost exactly $1.00) began in the 1870's in an effort to offer a more affordable watch that nearly anyone could purchase. These watches often utilized dials made of inexpensive materials, utilized fewer parts, were non-jeweled or single-jeweled movements and often were simply finished with no damascene, engravings, etc.
Due to the manufacturing process, if this style of watch is damaged and needs repairs, it is often cost prohibitive to locate the parts (and a willing watchmaker) to make the attempt. During the design process, it was not a high consideration to accommodate repairs and in many cases, movements were completed with spot-welds instead of screws and it is nearly impossible to disassemble these watches without damaging them.
While a lower overall quality than most of the jeweled movements of the other American watch companies, with proper care a dollar watch can be expected to be in use for decades. We offer this overview of the potential repair issues so that a new owner can make an informed purchase and be aware that this style of watch should be treated with a little extra care when in use.
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We also offer a numerical and graphical chart of the different sizes of pocket watches you will find in our store:
www.pmtime.com/sizing.html
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PM Time Service reference code: PM2879

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aschleife May 28, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Exactly as described - looks and works great. Truly beautiful piece of American watchmaking! I bought two (this one and the Illinois grade 172) and will post identical reviews. Both have pretty decorations of the movement and are great! Responsive seller!

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aschleife May 28, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Exactly as described - looks and works great. Truly beautiful piece of American watchmaking! I bought two (this one and the Illinois grade 172) and will post identical reviews. Both have pretty decorations of the movement and are great! Responsive seller!

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Harvey Apr 8, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love this watch. It is even better than described. Very fast shipping. It can be kind of scary buying a vintage watch online, since it is not a brand new item, and you wonder what you might get. But with the accurate description and pictures provided by pmtime and their wanting the customer to be completely satisfied, you don't have to worry. I was so pleased, I ended up buying a second vintage pocket watch from them.

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Harvey Apr 8, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

This is my second pocket watch from pmtime, and I love it. Fast shipping. They seem like real nice people that care about customer satisfaction.

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