Waltham 12S 17J grade No. 1225 (Colonial B) pocket watch #23285451, attractive nickel bridge plate movement with raised jewel settings and a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, silver metal dial with a brushed finish, fancy black open Gothic style numbers and a black marked subsidiary seconds register has a black urn design on the upper half, dial does have some small specks of discoloration, purple steel moon-style hands, elaborate white base metal (WBM) hinge back (HB) case with an unusual fish-scale pattern engraving across the back cover, deeply engraved diamond and bar designs on the bezels, floral designs along the frame, geometric and floral designs along the pendant and fancy bow and a glass crystal, case is showing normal light wear overall with some light scuffing across the back and some small spots of brass on the interior of the bow, measures approx. 44mm in diameter x 53mm in length x 9mm thick (crystal included). A very attractive vintage Waltham dress watch from the 1920s in excellent+ overall condition!
- Year Made: 1924-1925
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: No. 1225 (Colonial B)
- Serial #: 23285451
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: bridge layout, raised jewel settings
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: silver
- Dial Details: Gothic-style numbers
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Silver/White
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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