Info on keystone pocket watch please

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Info on keystone pocket watch please

#1 Post by Dave.f » Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:26 am

Hi all I’m new here and I was wondering if anyone could give me some information on a watch I have owned for the last forty years or so, the watch is made by the keystone watch case company, i know they made cases for a lot of manufacturers but can’t seem to find much on them.both the case and movement are keystone. The watch belonged to my great great grandfather, all I know is that he was a watch maker in London, I have no idea at all how he came to own an American pocket watch. Any info would be greatly appreciated
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Re: Info on keystone pocket watch please

#2 Post by afire » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:23 am

That is weird. I don't think Keystone ever made movements. I would think it was made by somebody else for Keystone. But the strange part is why the Keystone Watch Case Co. would have any interest in doing that.
Real men wear small watches.

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Re: Info on keystone pocket watch please

#3 Post by Dave.f » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:32 am

Hi afire I have tried on several occasions to find out any info but pretty much drawn a blank. So I thought I’d join a forum and see if anyone can help. Being in the uk doesn’t help either so I was hoping someone from over the pond might be able to help. I was told in the 80s that it was made of pinchbeck which I subsequently found out was utter rubbish, as he never divulged how to make his alloy and took it to the grave.

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Re: Info on keystone pocket watch please

#4 Post by unreformed66 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:55 am

Your movement was made by New York Standard Watch Co., it's an 18 size 6th model open face movement. The case of course was made by Keystone Watch Case Co. The serial numbers for New York Standard are all over the place, your watch would have been made in the late 1880s or early 1890s. I've seen these watches before but it seems like most of them are coming from the UK so I wonder (speculation on my part only) if Keystone contracted these movements and cased them up to sell as complete watches in the English market. I've also seen Keystone Watch Case Co. watches with movements by other American manufacturers in them. Keystone Watch Case Company later bought the rights to the E. Howard name after Howard went bankrupt and made the Keystone Howard watches. To muddy the waters a little there was also a Keystone Watch Co. which was a predecessor of Hamilton Watch Co. but as far as I know was not related to the Keystone Watch Case Co.

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