<BR><h1><font color=brown>Vintage 8-Day "Goliath"</h1>
<P>by C. Bradley Jacobs</center></font>
<B><a href="/http://www.watchcarefully.com/articles/rose.html" target="_new">In a previous review</a></b>, I showed a photo of my “Goliath” watch – a large, 8-day pocketwatch-style clock from the 1920s. I've been asked for more info, so here are a bunch of photos and some description. Remember when looking at the photos that this timepiece measures a full 5 inches across! Please click any photo to see a larger image.<p>
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<BR>The display case that the watch is in shows only the face of the watch. The box is hinged mahogany with a sterling silver shell formed over the top. It is engraved with my great-great grandfather’s initials (also those of my uncle and almost mine, which are CBJ).<p>
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<BR>The watch and box were sold by the famous Washington D.C. silversmiths Black, Starr and Frost. That is the name visible on the dial. <p>
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<BR>The movement is a 15-jewel Octava. In my photos you see the original movement which has been replaced. One day I will have the original movement restored and put back in the watch. The movement is marked “Octava Watch Co., Switzerland – 3 adjustments – U.S.A.P. 816321” I have not looked up the actual date of this patent, but I should.
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<BR>You can clearly see that the movement is tiny in comparison with the case. I use the term “goliath” for this watch because I have seen that term used on British horological websites. I’ve also seen these watches referred to as “coach watches” because they were, apparently, common timekeepers on horse-drawn coaches (like stage coaches in the US).
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<BR>It’s a pretty cool piece although not portable like a pocketwatch or wristwatch. It sits on a shelf in my living room and does not get much use. But whenever I glance at it I do feel a sense of pride of ownership. That the item has been in my family for four generations is remarkable. I also have some pocketwatches belonging to my ancestors on that side and I’ll put together a photo essay of the 23-jewel Howard I have.
<P>I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this as much as I have enjoyed sharing it.
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