1915 Waltham Pocketwatch from the bottom of a lake *PICS*

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    1915 Waltham Pocketwatch from the bottom of a lake *PICS*

    I was out usin' my metal detector in one of the lakes near my house since all the water had drained out. Make a long story short, was out aways from the north bank scanning the bed, and found this:

    http://i49.tinypic.com/v5hf11.jpg


    http://i47.tinypic.com/fd6mis.jpg

    I took it to a watch repair shop, unfortuneatly they couldnt restore it. They did say it was from around 1915 and the chain was some sort of indian bead type material. Also, when I put it under the faucet to get all the mud off, the numbers just washed off.

    If anyone recognizes what kind of waltham this is I would like to know! The back definately will not screw off, if anyone knows something I could soak it in or some other method to remove that?
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    Re: 1915 Waltham Pocketwatch from the bottom of a lake *PICS*

    Welcome to the forum. It may be from 1915 or even earlier. We need to see the movement in order to identify it, here is a link to how you may open the case, although it may be seized:
    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=158603

    As the watch is likely beyond repair you may try to soak it in WD40 or something.
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    Re: 1915 Waltham Pocketwatch from the bottom of a lake *PICS*

    Thanks for the reply Erik_H, I have tried the linked method, so I will give the WD-40 a shot. I'll post a picture of the movement when I get it open.

    Also, I made another thread about it in Bands/braclets, I was wondering if the chain had any particular style or worth?

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    Re: 1915 Waltham Pocketwatch from the bottom of a lake *PICS*

    The chain is likely a homemade or souvenir bead chain made to work as a watch chain. Impossible to value, and apart from that no valuations are done on this forum anyway. Please refer to the forum sticky posts.
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    Re: 1915 Waltham Pocketwatch from the bottom of a lake *PICS*

    When I find things metal detecting, I use a soak in olive oil to loosen things up. Just let it sit in a bowl of it for a few days, and the olive oil seems to get in there, and really loosen things up.
    Works good for coins too.
    You might post this over on treasure.net forums too. Cool find.


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