Waltham 18S 11J key wind pocket watch #8197854, gilt full plate movement with an engraved balance bridge has a few cosmetic scratches but runs well, porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds register has some light discoloration around both the center and second-hand posts along with a few faint small hairlines, blue steel spade-style hands, heavy Sterling silver hinge back & bezel (HB&B) case with engine turned engraving around the fancy round blank monogram shield, coin edge frame, offset hinges and a thick glass crystal, case hallmarks (lion and an anchor) indicate the case originated in Birmingham, England, and also include an "M" and an "A&B" hallmark, dust cover has been lightly inscribed with an inscription, possibly "R. Leigh", case is showing normal moderate wear, with notable wear on the frame and back cover bezel engraving along with a small flake on the edge of the glass crystal near 7:30, measures approx. 53mm in diameter x 76mm long x 20mm thick (crystal included). A impressive Waltham pocket watch from the 1880s in excellent condition!
- Company: Waltham
- Jewels: 11J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Serial #: 8197854
- Movement Finish: gilt
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Silver - Sterling/Solid
53mm (2.09 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
- Year Made: 1897-1898
The Waltham watch company, and the earlier American Waltham Watch Co., which had a variety of locations over the many years it was in operation (including Waltham, Massachusetts), was in business from 1851-1957, and was one of the most prolific of the American watch companies.
As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for Waltham serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a about the company.
You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Waltham Pocket Watches
This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
Please note: an appropriate winding and setting key (or keys) is included in the listed price for this item. Unless otherwise noted in the Full Description, the key is not original to the watch.