Waltham 21J grade 231 ladies' wrist watch, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, champagne-toned metal dial with raised gold Arabic numbers and markers and a brushed finish, dial is mint as seen when worn however there is a scratched ring under the case when you open the watch to reach the movement, slender gold steel wedge-style hands, attractive yellow base metal (YBM) & stainless steel (SS) oval case with an 8-sided bezel supporting a fancy glass crystal with a faceted cut-glass accent around the dial, smooth polish tall sides and elegant center extended lugs, case is showing normal even wear overall with some small spots of discoloration starting on the lugs and a few scratches across the crystal, we can replace the crystal with a new plastic one at no charge on request
however it will not have the fancy detailing of the current one, measures approx. 16mm wide x 27mm lug to lug x 7mm thick (crystal included), matching YBM & SS bracelet-style band with articulated sections that flare then taper towards the buckle clasp, near the watch on either side are slightly raised smooth polish floral designs, band is showing even wear overall but does have a few spots of discoloration around the clasp. A very nice, high quality vintage Waltham wrist watch from the mid-1900s in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: mid 1900s
- Company: Waltham
- Jewels: 21J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 231
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Base Metal - Yellow, Stainless Steel
- Case Details: fancy crystal
Case Width, without crown:
16mm (0.63 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal bracelet
- 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 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.
As of September 28th, 2022, 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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