18 size 17 jewel open face lever-set Official RR Standard Grade 938 pocket watch. A very rare early Ball Hamilton, total production of the Grade 938 for Ball was only 100 made with all examples in a single run between serial numbers 8701 and 8800 and these were the earliest Ball Hamilton watches to be marked as Official RR Standard.
This example is also marked on its movement for Ball's authorized sales agent C. Fried of Springfield, Ohio; the watch likely originally had a matching C. Fried marked dial but now is paired with a typical early Ball & Co.Marked single sunk enamel dial and a set of pierced Ball hands. Watch is housed in a 20 year gold-filled Fahys Montauk case with attractive engraving detail to its rear. Movement serial number is 8727.
Started running when wound but in need of some attention as balance motion has some visible wobble and slows down substantially when watch is in the dial up position. Movement has typical scattered surface marks.
Dial faces up very nicely with only a faint hairline between 7 O'clock and 8 O'clock and a short colorless fine scratch near center. Case has a good overall look showing moderate even wear.
Case pendant is aligned a small bit out of parallel to case band. Please check out my other items this week for more great watches and watch related items for sale. - Check out the NAWCC! The NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) is a group that has a 65 year history, a terrific online message board for collectors, and the NAWCC puts on many watch and clock shows across the United States every year.
I've been an NAWCC member since 1991 and recommend it to every collector of watches or clocks. The item "BALL HAMILTON RARE GRADE 938 CC FRIED SPRINGFIELD 18S 17J POCKET WATCH" is in sale since Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Pocket Watches\Antique". The seller is "fhwatch" and is located in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Panama, Jamaica, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay.