Everyone loves this large Rockford 14K multicolor gold pocket watch. Suitable for a man or a woman. (Solid gold watch fob chain sold separately).
We found no records in our research of another Rockford case that is so highly stylized and adorned with multicolor gold, a diamond in the center and meticulous work. And, all this from a small American manufacturer known for their very high-quality watches. Note: a hairline crack on the dial between the 10 and 11, and one just before the 4 seem to be the only imperfections. This is exemplary craftsmanship of a bygone era that has been preserved very well. Most everyone stops as they walk by this beauty in our store.
An enamel double-sunk dial with the name “Rockford” in Old English font. Rockford incorporated Arabic numerals with a red 5-minute track on the outside edge of this size 18s dial. And, topped off with Fleur-De-Lis hands.
This antique multicolor gold Rockford pocket watch is a real show stopper in 14K gold; predominately yellow gold. Beautiful flora and accent work in rose and green gold enhances the artistry of this watch case. Plus, highlighting the incredible center motif is an 8-pointed star with a 1/3 carat diamond at its center. It’s a beautifully crafted heavy box-hinge hunter case sporting multicolor gold on both lids. Furthermore, engraving covers both lids and around the entire outside edge as well. Finally, on the back is a rose gold shield devoid of a monogram. Case number 33062, stamped 14K.
For you collector’s out there that like to do your own research: movement serial number 300714, model 8, size 18. Our research shows us this is a 16-jewel movement, grade 83, and produced in 1888. Its two-tone movement is nickel and gilt engraved with the words “R.W. Co., Rockford, Ill., Adjusted”. Up until the mid-1890s Rockford’s higher grade watches were marked “Adjusted”. Therefore, you know this is one of their finer watch movements. In addition, engraved geometric patterns and feathers adorn the movement too.
You can check out more details below under “The Specs”.
An American Fine Watch Company
- To many, the exclusive Rockford name made one of the highest grade railroad pocket watches of its time. Most importantly, railroad watches were considered the standard of timekeeping.
- From the 1870s through the 1880s, Rockford was considered one of the finest precision watches to be had. Certainly, that’s why even the U.S. Naval Observatory used them. In addition, even the commander of the unit endorsed them too.
- Plus, they made some of the best of the earliest wristwatches.
Unfortunately, Rockford was only around for about 40 years. Subsequently, their reign over the fine quality watch business was one of the shortest of the famous American watchmakers. Consequently, they are highly sought after with a very limited number of this caliber still surviving. Here’s some reading on the Rockford Watch Co. of Illinois that’s pretty interesting.
Based on researching the movement’s serial number we found quite a few specifications available.
- Manufacturer: Rockford Watch Co. of Rockford, Illinois, USA
- Movement Serial Number: 300714
- Grade: 70
- Model: 8
- Size 18s
- Estimated Production Year: 1888
- Run Quantity: 300
- Grade/Model Run: 104
- Total Production: 1,600
- Movement Configuration: Hunting
- Finish: Two-tone
- Movement Setting: Lever
- Jewels: 16j
- Jewel Setting: Gold Setting, Screw-set
- Plate: Full Plate
- Regulator: Micrometric
- Hairspring: Breguet
- Escapement Type: Straight-line
- Standard Dial Type: double-sunk
- Adjusted: Yes
- Adjusted to Position: Yes
- Adj. to Temperature: Yes
- Adj. to Isochronism: Yes
- Movement Markings: R.W.Co.