Waltham 18S 11J key wind adj Wm. Ellery pocket watch #1850394, handsome nickel full plate with an elaborate geometric pattern damascene on the balance bridge, mint porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds register, blue steel spade style hands, heavy Sterling silver hunting case (HC) with light engine turning on both covers, once side has a small round center accent, other has a round center monogram shield that is marked "P. Wazzui" (or similar) in fancy script, deep beaded-design engraving on the frame, white base metal (WBM) dust cover and a heavy bow, case is showing normal wear overall with some smoothing on the engraving and small shallow dents, there is also some dark red pigment along 2 small sections of the frame that we've been unable to remove, possibly some sort of jeweler's paste or cleaner that was not properly removed and is now very difficult to get out, the color is such however that it is not distracting, measures approx. 54mm in diameter x 78mm long x 18mm thick. A very attractive, high quality watch from the late 1800s in excellent condition!
- Company: Waltham
- Jewels: 11J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: Wm. Ellery
- Serial #: 1850394
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Case Style:
Silver - Sterling/Solid, Base Metal - Silver/White
54mm (2.13 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
- Year Made: 1882-1883
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.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact plastic crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this pocket watch for you. We offer a number of new and vintage crystal choices for pocket watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order.
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Please note: if you add this watch with a crystal exchange option to your shopping cart
but later change your mind on the crystal selection type, you'll need to remove the watch from the cart in order to make a new crystal selection. Once that is done, you can return to this page and add that new combination to the cart. We apologize for the limitations to our system that prevent you making that change from the shopping cart directly.
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.