High grade E. Howard and Co pocket watch in a solid gold case
With gold chatons, this E. Howard pocket watch has been completely serviced and is in full working condition.
Edward Howard started the Howard Watch Company after the failure of the Boston Watch Company in 1857. He started to produce very high grade pocket watch movements that were signed “E. Howard & Co” on the dials and “Howard & Rice” on the movements.
In 1858 Edward Howard produced the first pocket watch of his own design with the top plate made in two sections and had six pillars instead of the usual four. Balances were made in gold or steel at first, and in later models had bi-metallic compensating balances with gold screws. In 1868 Edward Howard also introduced the first crown winding pocket watch movement, with key wind movements discontinued in 1878. Howard was the first to offer pocket watches that were adjusted to six positions, higher than a chronometer rating by today’s standard.
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