Click Main Image For Fullscreen Mode
Type Live Webcast Auction
Price Realized 5,600.00 USD
Date Sold 11/1/2020


Lot # 107
Estimate 3,000.00 - 6,000.00 USD
Group - Category Jewelry & Watches
Lead Waltham, Improved Sporting w/unusual original case
Description
Waltham, Improved Sporting Watch (Chronodrometer), Appleton Tracy & Co mvt with stop/start function displayed on dial with sweep-seconds outer chapter of 4-minute interval, upper register for 12-hour timekeeping, and lower register for 4-second timing via 1/4-second jump, Model 1857, 15J, 18S, silver OF original A.T. & Co. (Appleton Tracy & Co.) case with American Indian engraving to rear, stop/start function controlled by button at lower right of case band, slide at bottom of band to allow or prevent stop/start function, "Improved Sporting Watch. Jas Appleton Jr. Waltham. Mass." signed white enamel dial, KWKS from rear, diamond endstone, gilt mvt, s#13796. An excellent original example of Waltham's first "complicated" watch; this is also one of the most distinctive and visually striking examples of this watch type we've seen due to its unusual American Indian bust engraving in large size to its case rear. This example also notably features a slide to the lower portion of its case band which allows the user to prevent its stop/start function; although this slide feature is very useful to this watch type (which has the impractical characteristic that the watch stops running when the stop/start button is pressed, necessitating resetting of its timekeeping after use of the timer function), a case slide was for some reason not typically incorporated among their production. These watches were recorded as "Sporting Watch" in Waltham factory records and in total 400 were produced with this production being at serial number ranges 13701 to 13900, 14501 to 14600, and 14701 to 14800. Dials of the earlier production examples were marked "Improved Sporting Watch" as on the present watch, while dials of later production examples were signed instead with the "Chronodrometer" name; and of these two signatures types the "Improved Sporting Watch" is scarcer. The present example is from the initial production run of 100 which was made in October of 1858, while the remainder of Sporting Watch production is listed with finish dates between 1859 and 1865. This small total production spread over a period of seven years indicates that these watches found limited commercial success, presumably in large part as from 1861 to 1865 the United States was busy fighting a Civil War which no doubt limited its citizens' opportunities and enthusiasm for horse or dog racing! CONDITION: Mvt: Running and was serviced September, 2020, good stop/start function, right side of barrel bridge with previous owner's "J.W. Ford, Cohoes NY" very lightly scribed into surface, otherwise nearly mint cosmetic mvt condition overall with excellent gilt tone, few micro-fine scratches, some small bits of oxide to setting arbor and hairspring stud; excellent dial with some scattered extremely faint hls; excellent hands, sweep-seconds-hand is blue, other hands are plum colored; case shows light wear, an attractive moderate exterior patina, mild small ding and few small nicks at upper left perimeter of rear, mild small ding at right side of band, few small nicks elsewhere to band and to bezel, cuvette with previous owner's "J.W. Ford, Cohoes NY" lightly scribed into surface left of setting aperture, some fine to micro-fine scratches around winding and setting apertures; tight bow; good glass crystal.
Name "LIVE Horology & Jewelry Webcast Auction Event"
Auctioneer Jones and Horan Auction Team
Type Live Webcast Auction
Date(s) 10/2/2020 - 11/1/2020
Online pre-bidding opens on Friday, October 2nd at 9 am EST. Actual auction event takes place on Sunday, November 1st beginning at 11 am EST. Live online bidding is also available at that time.
Preview Date/Time Please contact us if you need more information. In person preview BY APPOINTMENT at our offices from now through Friday, October 30th.
Checkout Date/Time We will email you an invoice no later than Monday, November 2nd if you are successful. (Please check your spam/junk folder if you do not receive an invoice in your inbox.) Payment is expected within 10 days of auction.
Location NO IN PERSON BIDDING DUE TO THE PANDEMIC. The Hilton Doubletree Manchester Downtown Hotel 700 Elm Street
Manchester, NH 03101
Buyer Premium NO Buyer's Premium and NO Reserves
Description
No Reserves. No Buyer's Premium. Free Domestic Shipping. No online bidding fees. All descriptions are guaranteed with a 10-day return privilege for misrepresentation or errors. HOME PAGE: Our home page is found at www.jones-horan.com. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive an invoice by email by Monday morning following the auction, please check your spam or junk folder. Thank you! LIVE FEED: The live feed through HiBid cannot be viewed from a mobile phone, but we also offer one through YouTube on our website and that live feed CAN be viewed from a mobile phone.
Auction Terms & Conditions PLEASE NOTE: There is a cap of $10,000 on each online bid (unless you have previously been permanently approved). If you wish to place a bid over $10,000 on an item, please contact us more than 24 hours in advance of the auction's end time at auctions@jones-horan.com. ONLINE PRE-BIDDING (FREE SERVICE!): You will be able to place your top bids in the system at any time before the lot is sold on auction day. The system will bid on your behalf as competively as possible, and will only go up to your top bid if necessary to outbid other bidders. LIVE ONLINE BIDDERS (FREE SERVICE!): Be at your computer or device at auction time, register for the auction, and then click on the flashing blue BID LIVE button. Click on the blue ENTER RING button, and you're in! (Please note you will not be able to ask questions or ask that the auction be paused for you; you will only be able to see the progression of bids on each lot as it comes up, and you will be able to place bids if desired. The auction is fast-paced, at about 100 lots per hour, so you will need to have done your research ahead of time! A live feed will be available to watch but there will be about a 2-5 second lag. The live feed through HiBid cannot be viewed from a mobile phone, but we also offer one through YouTube on our website and that one CAN be viewed from a mobile phone.) AFTER AUCTION INVOICING: Invoices will go out no later than Monday morning. IF YOU DO NOT receive an invoice by email on Monday following the auction, please check your spam or junk folder. Thank you! Payment is expected within 14 days of auction. * There is NO Buyer's Premium and NO Reserves. * Payment by check, wire transfer, Paypal, CurrencyPay, Zelle, or TransferWise. Payment is expected within 14 days of auction. * SHIPPING is NOW FREE FOR DOMESTIC BIDDERS for ALL of our auctions! We offer in-house fully insured shipping. For international bidders, a shipping fee will be added to all invoices. If desired, you may contact us for a quote for International shipping charges. NOTE THAT LARGER CLOCKS, SIGNS, ETC. are the responsibility of the buyer. We do not ship larger items, and a note is found in the description where applicable. * We reserve the right to cancel and/or reopen the auction in the case of system failures. ALL DESCRIPTIONS GUARANTEED, 10-DAY RETURN PRIVILEGE FOR MISREPRESENTATION OR ERRORS. If you have any issues with an item or shipment, please contact us immediately and we will resolve the problem. Key to abbreviations: "APW" = American pocket watch | "cal" = caliber | "ct" = carat weight | "ctw" = total carat weight for multiple stones | "DS" = double sunk (for dials) | "dwt" = pennyweight (20 per ounce troy) | "EPW" = European pocket watch | "g" = gram (31.1 per troy ounce) | "GJS" = gold jewel setting(s) | "HC" = hunting case | "hl" = hairline | "hls" = hairlines | "HS" = hairspring | "J" = jewel(s) | "K" = karat of gold quality | "KW" = key-wind | "KWKS" = key-wind key-set | "LS" = lever set | "mm" = millimeter | "mvt" = movement | "NOS" = new old stock | "NR" = not running | "OF" = open face | "PW" = pocket watch | "QS" = quick set | "ref" = reference | "RR" = railroad | "S" = size | "s#" = serial number | "SS" = single-sunk (for dials) | "SW-LS" = stem-wind lever-set | "SW-SS" = stem-wind stem-set | "WW" = wristwatch "Running" only means that the balance and escapement are performing in healthy fashion and without apparent defect, but does not guarantee timekeeping or warrantee future performance; unless otherwise noted, our timepieces are not serviced by us, and we do not know when they were last serviced from our sources. We do our best to indicate any potential problems or needs for repair. The Jones & Horan plain English grading system follows this general order from top to bottom for mvts, component parts, metal dials, hands and cases: Mint | Near Mint | Excellent | Fine (the average grade for most used, running watches) | Fair | Poor. We no longer use "good" as a grade as it can be misleading, so it only applies to function (see below). We then describe any salient defects that should be called to the attention of the potential buyer. With respect to wear, we also use the following terms in order: No wear | Hardly any wear | Very little wear | Little wear | Very light wear | Light wear | Medium wear | Ample wear | Substantial or abundant wear | Worn out. These general terms are used in combination with precise descriptions of defects for further elaboration where needed. Enamel dials are not necessarily graded, but called "flawless" when free of cracks, chips or hairlines, which are structural and always noted. Surface defects such as scratches, discoloration or graphical defects may be present on a perfect dial, and are noted separately. The term, "Good," is only used alone to indicate that the watch or its function is doing what it should be doing, as in "good running order, good repeat function and tone, good chronograph and date functions," etc. These functions are not rated or graded. "Good crystal" means without meaningful defect, as does "Good dial." --------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------ Terms Of Use

Seller User Terms

Bidder User Terms
Your bid must adhere to the bid increment schedule.
Bid Amount Bid Increment
0.00 - 199.00 10.00 USD
199.01 - 499.00 25.00 USD
499.01 - 999.00 50.00 USD
999.01 - 1,999.00 100.00 USD
1,999.01 - 9,999.00 200.00 USD
9,999.01 - 19,999.00 500.00 USD
19,999.01 - 49,999.00 1,000.00 USD
49,999.01 - 9,999,999.99 5,000.00 USD
Currency USD
Buyer Premium NO Buyer's Premium and NO Reserves
Payment Terms
Payment is expected within 14 days of auction. Cash (if picking up in person), check, wire transfer, Paypal, CurrencyPay, Zelle, or TransferWise. If picking up in person, please call ahead and make an appointment. If paying by wire transfer, please contact us for our bank information. If paying by Paypal, send money to auctions@jones-horan.com. If paying by CurrencyPay, a link to your CurrencyPay invoice will be found in the email we send you. If paying by TransferWise, please send to auctions@jones-horan.com. We will e-mail you an invoice no later than the day following the sale, if you are a winning bidder. (Please note that these invoice e-mails sometimes end up in "spam" or "junk" mail folders, so please check there if you have not received one. This is especially true of our clients with gmail e-mail addresses.) We are not set up to accept credit cards directly, despite the fact that the "Payment Methods" tab would seem to indicate so. That is a page that is "an overall Hibid account setting" and cannot be removed, according to the programmers. Hibid is the company that hosts our auctions on their website. If you with to pay by credit card, that payment will be made through CurrencyPay.
SHIPPING IS NOW FREE IN ALL AUCTIONS FOR DOMESTIC BIDDERS! A shipping charge will be added to all international invoices. Please note that the auction contains a few lots that we will not ship, and shipping these lots only will be the responsibility of the buyer. These include some of the clocks. Each lot contains clear shipping notes in the description if that is the case. For the rest of the lots we will ship as follows: For packages valued less than $1,000, we ship USPS Priority Mail, signature required, for Domestic Customers. All packages are insured. Items WILL BE SHIPPED TO THE ADDRESS ON OUR INVOICE unless you request otherwise by phone or email BEFORE making payment. For packages valued $1,000 more, we ship via FedEx 2nd day. IF YOUR PURCHASE MEETS OR EXCEEDS $1,000 AND YOU DO NOT WANT ITEMS SHIPPED VIA FEDEX, PLEASE NOTIFY US WHEN MAKING PAYMENT. Again, it is the bidder's responsibility to inform us before making payment if shipment is to be sent to an address other than then one on our invoice. Domestic customers: If you desire faster delivery, please notify us immediately. Once payment is received (including the larger shipping fee), we can arrange FedEx overnight shipping, and the cost of that upgrade will be charged to the customer. International Customers: Contact us for a quote on shipping charges, if desired. For shipments valued under $1,000, we ship via USPS Priority Mail in our own boxes (not flat rate). Where the value is $1,000 or more, we ship via FedEx Priority International. IF YOU DO NOT WANT ITEMS SHIPPED VIA FEDEX, PLEASE NOTIFY US WHEN MAKING PAYMENT. We have found FedEx to be the most reliable and safe method to ship higher ticket items and get them through customs. We have also found that when shipping via USPS, in order to have tracking available past the United States border, we must ship in our own boxes, not in the cheaper flat rate USPS boxes. ALL SHIPMENTS ARE INSURED. We do also offer shipping via DHL upon request. Please notify us if you prefer DHL before making payment, as the cost is higher than FedEx and we will adjust your invoice accordingly.