One of the more unique products offered by the New York Watch Company was the “Novelty.” Despite the distinctive traits, this grade was positioned at the lower end of the company’s product line. Only the “John Hancock” movement was sold at a lower price.
The “Novelty” movement featured seven jewels and a solid steel balance. However, the novel characteristic was the dual gilt and nickel finish, with the bright damaskeened nickel balance bridge contrasting the warm gilded plates.
At the time of production in the mid-1870s, the “Novelty” movement was sold for $15.00 – approximately $425.00 in the modern economy.
Production of the “Novelty” grade was limited, with the estimated total production approximated at less than 1,050 units.