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Due to the lack of existing factory records, our Seth Thomas database has been reconstructed using observations of known watches.
As a result, the information may contain inaccuracies. Please let us know if you have details that can improve the database.

Grade: 179

Manufacturer: Seth Thomas
Manufacturer Location: Thomaston, Connecticut
Movement Serial Number: 69532
Grade: 179
Model: 3
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Screw-Set
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Finish Pattern: Geometric Radial
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Regulator: Reed
Hairspring: Flat
Standard Dial Type: Single-Sunk
Adjusted: Yes
Movement Markings: Seth Thomas
Thomaston, Conn.
Safety Pinion
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Verifications & Observations

  • October 11, 2019:
    Serial Number 69128 was reported as accurate
  • August 17, 2019:
    Serial Number 69532 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: My only problem with the grade 179 for this watch
    is the book I am looking at says it's a hunting
    case movement. This movement is open-face. Maybe
    they made both in this grade?
    Curator Response: The Seth Thomas Grade 179 is described in the 1896 A.C. Becken catalog as "17 jewels, patent regulator, adjusted, Open Face, nickel." The equivalent hunting grade is the 180 (Model 2). I believe the "Complete Price Guide to Watches" book lists the 179 as a hunting movement, but I have never found any support for that while original sources indicate otherwise.
  • August 16, 2019:
    Serial Number 69532 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Watch looks to be 17 jewels, not 15.
    Single-Sunk,not double. States Adjusted on
    movement.
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report and images. Yes, this movement is more consistent with the Grade 179 classification. The database has been updated accordingly.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 170 to 179
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • August 2, 2019:
    Serial Number 69532 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from 170 to 179
    Jewels changed from 15j to 17j
    Adjusted changed from No to Yes
  • April 4, 2019:
    Serial Number 69145 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Double Sunk Dial
  • May 29, 2018:
    Serial Number 69493 was reported as accurate
  • July 31, 2017:
    Serial Number 69064 was reported as accurate
  • July 1, 2017:
    Serial Number 68854 was reported as accurate
  • March 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 68928 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: This watch movement is marked as adjusted. This
    marking is not on the top plate, but is engraved
    on the rear of the front plate under the balance
    wheel. It is jewelled to the centre, and therefore
    assumed to be 17 jewels.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Unknown to 179
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Nickel
  • January 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 68928 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Unknown to 179
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Nickel
  • January 30, 2016:
    Serial Number 68928 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Grade changed from Unknown to 179
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt or Nickel to Nickel
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