Clocks, Watches/old pocket watch

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My father passed recently and among his belongings was a  E. Howard Watch Co. pocket watch.  The number engraved on the clam shell upper lid is 2163832, C.W.C.Co.
can you tell me anything about its origin?  If is beautiful-
thank you

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Andre, as noted in my Allexperts bio, watches are not my field.  However, I do have a watch identification book, "Complete Price Guide to Watches" by Shugart, Engle and Gilbert, (year 2000) and it does show watches "MARKED" "E. Howard Watch Co. Boston, U.S.A."  It states that the Howard name was purchased by the Keystone Watch Case Co. in 1902, with no patent rights transferred, just the Howard name.  Keystone also gained control of U.S. Watch Co. of Waltham and New York Standard Watch Company.  I don't know if the number you cited was a serial number or not, but the list of serial numbers shows that 1,500,000 equated to the year 1930, and that was the last listing shown.  We usually do not give values on the Internet, but the book lists about 50 watches under the Howard and Waltham names  with a price range depending on condition from $70 to $12,000.

This probably isn't too much help, so I would suggest going back to the Allexperts categories and choosing an expert under the heading of watches.

John Newman
THE VILLAGE CLOCKSMITH
Old Prattvillage
Prattville, Alabama  

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As much as I would like to offer values of clocks, I am not a certified appraiser and will not venture into giving an unresearched guess. There is very little published information on what I consider to be the value of "modern production clocks". Considerations are what the clock originally sold for, the condition of the case and movement, and particularly the area in which you live, the demand and the economy. ALSO, WATCHES ARE NOT MY FIELD. However, I can advise the clock owner on proper maintenance of a clock to keep it running, small corrections and adjustments and how to move a clock without damaging it. I can also advise on obtaining parts for clocks. It helps if you can send any information on the clock movement which is usually found on the back plate of the movement. I have been a clockmaker for about 35 years and was plant engineer in the mid 90's and later operations and engineering consultant at Emperor Clock Company in Fairhope, Alabama. I now have my own clock shop.

Experience

One of my greatest accomplishments was traveling to China to assist a clock factory in building clocks to the standards which we required. With the proper specifications and quality control, some beautiful clock cases were built. The factory people from the wood carvers to the plant manager were very congenial, friendly and I left a lot of wonderful friends when I returned from my trips.

Organizations
NAWCC (National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors) 30 years Prattville, Alabama Chamber of Commerce

Publications
Horological Times, a publication of the American Watch and Clockmakers Instute. Collaberated column author, with Photos and ideas for clock movement conversion article.

Education/Credentials
Associate of Science Mechanical Engineering Technology Emperor Introductory Clock Repair (Eventually taught a portion of the class after becoming employee)

Awards and Honors
Small Business of the Quarter (Prattville, Alabama) Leadership Class of 2009 (Autauga County, Alabama)

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