Waltham 14S 13J lever set (LS) adj. grade No. 14 pocket watch #4070910, impressive split plate nickel movement with screw-down jewel settings, a Fogg Tadpole-style regulator, brass half-crescent plate over the pallet fork and a distinctive reverse damascene pattern with the majority of the plates being matte finish and the bold geometric designs being bright smooth polish, marked "American Waltham Watch Co.", porcelain enamel dial with roman numerals and a subsidiary seconds register is also marked "American Waltham W Co.", dial does have some short faint hairlines, blue steel spade-style hands.
Heavy 14k gold fully engraved Waltham hunting case (HC) with vermicelli-style engraving on the edge and frame surrounding the primary design of engine turning behind eye-catching shooting star designs radiating from the center, one side has a large blank monogram shield in the center in the shape of a stylized sun while the reverse side has the same sun center accent but with a detailed engraving of a castle on a lake with a sailboat, large heavy bow and glass crystal, case is showing normal even wear overall with an expected amount of light smoothing on the engraving along with a few scratches of note on the interior front cover and on the frame from opening the case, and while it does appear this case may be original to the watch with no additional screw marks or re-case indicators, the interior bezel holding the crystal is a yellow gold filled (YGF) replacement, measures approx. 48mm in diameter x 71mm in length x 14mm thick. This is a high grade early triple signed Waltham from the 1880s in one of the most distinctive solid gold cases we have seen in excellent overall condition!
Please note: for this particular item, due to U.S. export limitations, we can only ship to domestic U.S. addresses.
- Year Made: 1889-1890
- Jewels: 13J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: No. 14
- Serial #: 4070910
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: Fogg Tadpole regulator
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Solid Gold - Yellow
- Case Details:
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
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 comprehensive article
about the company; additional information may also be found on Wikipedia
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.
As of December 5th, 2023, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
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.
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