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Nashua Watch Company, 1859-1862 Nashua Watch Company, Nashua, New Hampshire, began in 1859 with many watch and machine experts of the time, inc. N.P. Stratton, C.S. Mosley, B.D. Bingham, J.H. Gerry, Chas Van der Woerd, etc. joining forces to begin making the finest watches in America. Magnificent 20S 19J and 15J movements were begun but not all 1000 were either made or finished and the company was swallowed up and sold for $23,000 to the American Watch Co. Remaining unfinished movements were later engraved American Watch Co. in Waltham and which became the company's premier grade of movement and the finest watches made in America, now as part of the famous Nashua department at Waltham.

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Unread 10-22-2004, 07:40 AM
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15J 20s Nashua, #1215, in its original OF 18K case sold at the Atwood sale last Friday for a world's record $42K. Why was this one so special? This example is the only known one with "Nashua Watch Co." signed on its otherwise plain dial.

The interesting thing is that a current member of WH once acquired this one in the "raw" for approx. $250(?) and resold it to Atwood (or an immediary) for $2500. many years ago!
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I guess I should have kept it along with a lot of other watches I had. It was $300 at an auction where the auctioneer boasted that it was a "Swiss Fake" in an 18K case. Oh well at least I owned it!
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What happened did you at one time sell some of your collection, and now your collecting again ?
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But, then The record price reflects more than just the special dial. In fact, it might have even brought a similar amount, forgetting the dial, considering the mindset of the buyer!
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Yes Henry, I sold all of my collection of clocks, watches, and nice period furniture in '89 to buy a business in Montana. I retired in '99 and started collecting clocks again a few years ago. Now my head like watches again but I know I will never be able to reproduce the collection I had due to current prices. I ought to extrapulate their value today verses my portfolio and see which is worth more. At least the collection led to an early retirement at age 54 with a comfortable living, a house in Colorado and one in Florida. I started collecting in my late 20's and can remember buying things like a D,H & D for $50 at a flea market in N. H. So I will just have to be patient and get something now and then or get lucky.
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Paul,

Did you sell your Nashua directly to Atwood or to Graehling as I have in my notes that Paul G owned this watch at one time???

Thanks.

Why not begin a collection again--anything better to do?

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Jon, believe I sold it to Graehling in 1975 for $2,500. I actually have started re-collecting. I have a decent collection of clocks and now my interest are toward watches. I don't have much but at least I know what to look for based upon the past. It is a matter of disposable cash at this time.
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yeah and gas was 28 cents, my one bedrooms with an ocean view $55-$65., a candy bar and a coke 10 cents ea!
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I bid like hell for it but the BIG (caps) buyer outlasted me!

(That was a lot on money for a dial!)
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I think it would have had a good home if you had gotten it. The dial sure was beautiful.
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