Waltham 18S 17J adj. pocket watch #11504505, nickel full plate movement with screw down jewel settings, a gold Star regulator and fancy damascene designs, it does look that there are 2 differing damascene designs on the sections of plate which could be from a factory oversight on assembly but is more likely from a repair made in the past where a correct model of watch plate was taken from a 2nd watch to complete the repair, the running condition is unaffected and the discrepancy is only cosmetic, double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register has a few small scuffs, a circular scratch around the edge (possibly from the minute hand or bezel dragging) and a slight discoloration to off-white but no hairlines or other major defects, blue steel spade style hands, re-cased into a handsome smooth polish white base metal (WBM) screw back & bezel (SB&B) case with a coin edge accent around the thick glass crystal, heavy large bow and a detailed engraving of a steamboat on the back, case is showing light even wear overall but has some small spots of light discoloration, measures approx. 53mm in diameter x 75mm in length x 18mm thick. An impressive and attractive high quality watch from the early 1900s in very good condition!
- Company: Waltham
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Serial #: 11504505
- Movement Finish: nickel
Movement Details Test:
gold Star regulator
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Color: ivory/off-white
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
53mm (2.09 inches)
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
- Year Made: 1902-1903
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.