Note: When a number appears by itself in the Comment Column, it is the page in the factory serial list where the entry appeared. "Comment 42" is on page 42 of Serial Numbers With Description of Waltham Watch Movements, Waltham Watch Co., Waltham, MA, 1954, (commonly referred to as "The Gray Book").
Should the date not be listed in the search of the NAWCC Information Storage - Waltham Serial Number Data Base, this Waltham Production Date chart is a means for determining the approximate production date.
The main question I always get asked is what is the value of a pocket watch.
Waltham watches were made between 18 in the city of Waltham near Massachusetts in the USA.There are many collectors of these antique watches and as a general rule of thumb the rarer and older the watch is then the more value it will have. I always use something made from a stiff plastic rather than a metal knife recommended by many people.Smaller mail-order retailers would case the watches, typically in a 20-year gold filled case and offer it only that way, with the buyer not having a choice of cases.If you can tell us about (or post a picture of) the trade marks or names stamped into the inside back of the case, we may be able to tell you a little about the case material and its manufacturer.Problems were encountered with the new production methods.
The company was exploring innovative new ideas in watch manufacturing, such as using jewels, making enamel dials, and producing plates with a high-level of finish which required extensive tooling and resulted in a great financial burden.
They also found that even though they were using interchangeable parts, each watch was still unique and had its own set of errors to be corrected. merged to form the "American Watch Company." In 1860, as Abraham Lincoln was elected President and the country found itself in the throes of the Civil War, the American Watch Company was faced with serious financial problems.
It took months to adjust the watches to the point where they were any better than other widely available timepieces. Bartlett." The company went through a series of financial reorganizations and renamings over the next decades. Parker movement was reintroduced as the model 1857 and sold for , no small amount in those days! By 1861, business had come to a standstill and bankruptcy seemed inevitable.
The best place to start in terms of identification is to find out what type of watch you actually have. Co along with Waltham, Mass somewhere on the actual movement. Once open then check the serial numbers on the movement below and this should identify the date your watch was made.
There are three types of antique pocket watches which are: To check it is a Waltham open the back cover and check for markings which should have A. Depending on when your Waltham watch was made the cases do vary in design.
Face and glass in great condition, just some dints on the back of the case.