1908 Waltham Crescent St. 16s 21 Jewel 14K Gold OF Pocket Watch. The white enamel dial with black numerals, sub seconds at 6, outer minutes tracking in black & red numbers with matching blue steel hands is signed Waltham, there are a few hairlines and chips / losses to the enamel. The manual wind 21 jewel 16s lever movement is working well, fully signed Crescent St Waltham Mass 17165330, ruby jewels with gold settings and Breguet hairspring. The large solid 14k gold 50mm case is in nice original condition, case is signed 14k Dueber 7996727. Total weight 100.6 grams. Engraved in the back "To Jerry Backman Aurora Ind June 3rd 1912".
Aurora Casket Company is one of the largest manufacturers of casket’s and urns in the USA. The company has over 1500 employees, and is based in Aurora Indiana. As of 2005, it sold over 38% of the caskets used in the United States.
The company traces its roots back to 1890, when John Backman began making wooden caskets by hand. At the time he employed 20 people. In the 1920s, John's son William Backman, and his son-in-law William Barrott joined the company. Since that time the company has been controlled by the Backman and Barrott families. Revenue in 2003 was $357 million.