NATIONAL W.Co. Frances Rubie 10 Size 18k Conversion to STEM WIND 1869

NATIONAL W.Co. Frances Rubie 10 Size 18k Conversion to STEM WIND 1869

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NATIONAL WATCH Co. Elgin, Ill. 1864 – 1874 One of the most predominant early American Watch producers. This is the watch of the “Wild West”, because this manufacturer distributed watches all during the 1870s and carried by lawmen, saloon keepers, bankers, cowboys, Railroad men, and gunfighters. NATIONAL WATCH CO. was directly associated with the “Wild West” because that is what was available for them to wear and use. Learning from the errors in production and mistakes in design, National Watch Co. was formed in 1864 by officers of the earlier Waltham Watch Co. Some of these Waltham organizers were P.S. Bartlett, D.G. Currier, Otis Hoyt, Charles H. Mason and others. The idea of beginning a large watch company for the mid-West was discussed by J.C. Adams, Bartlett, and Blake. After a trip to Waltham, Adams went back to Chicago and approached Benjamin W. Raymond, a former mayor of Chicago, to put up the necessary capital to get the company started. Adams and Raymond succeeded in getting others to pledge their financial support. The National Watch Co. was formed in August 1864 and incorporated in Elgin, Illinois. The factory was completed in 1866, and the 1st movement was a B.W. Raymond, 18 size! All watches were key wind and had porcelain dials marked: “NATIONAL WATCH Co.” Any dial that is marked this way and is mint, is very scarce. They made history laid the foundations of the Industrial Revolution with production efficiencies and the ease of service by watch journeyman in the field. They produced 400,000 watches by 1874. In 1874 they went out of business, refinanced, and incorporated with a Name change to the city to which they owed their origin, Elgin NATIONAL WATCH Co., Elgin, Illinois. They went on to produce 50 million watches, both wrist & pocket by 1955. NATIONAL WATCH CO. was directly associated with the “Wild West” because that is what was available for them to wear and use.

Euclid Sanders, American banker. member board curators (Elective) and president to 1919, State History; member Mission; member executive Sanders, Euclid was born on November 19, 1853 in Iowa City, Iowa, United States. Son of Cyrus and Sarah Paulina (Worden) Sanders.

RARE. **NATIONAL W.Co. Frances Rubie 10 Size 18k Yellow Gold. Factory Conversion to STEM WIND on special order; Circa: 1869. NATIONAL WATCH Co. 10 Size Hunting Model. National Watch Co. Factory conversion dial to convert this "Francis Rubie" movement to appear to be a stem wind with a 8 O'Clock Sub seconds dial position (Factory conversion). Original English 18k Gold case featuring Black Enameling on both surfaces of this hunting case, made especially for this conversion featuring black enameling (which is very scarce with American cases). Flour-De-Lee black fancy hands. 10 size, Open face, Key Wind and Key Set from the rear, marked: "{Francis Rubie", 15 jewels, "Adjusted", Serial No. 50,173. Dial marked: EUCLID SANDERS/ IOWA CITY, IA." Private label dial created by the factory especially for this conversion to celebrate this famous family name in Historic IOWA. THIS IS A FINE COLLECTIBLE. DON'T INVEST IN THE STOCK MARKET, BITCOIN, BONDS. BUY HARD ASSETS, SOMETHING PROVEN IN TIME.

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