American Watch co, Model 88

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    American Watch co, Model 88

    Waltham collectectors like this 21j 16 size 1888 model for its quality. I never had one. Usually in gold cases. One for sale in original nice sterling case made it affordable to me. This is not cheap as it cost same as fine repeater in silver case I bought at same time. Quality and fine condition rarely comes cheaply but these 2 were not really expensive as they would be in their usual gold cases. .Name:  IMG_0945a.jpg
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    Yes, that's a real beauty that watch. You probably already know, but the serial number dates it to 1900. Waltham made some beautiful watches, really high grade pieces like this one and superbly finished. I would say that yours has a solid gold train as well, by the look of it. They used gold trains for their best watches (as did Hamilton), as it provides a lower coefficient of friction, helping to improve its performance. Maybe some Waltham experts here can give you more info.

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    I've heard various things about those "Gold trains"; mostly that they were usually plated and not solid, since that let them use purer gold without sacrificing the strength of wheel.
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    Quality and fine condition rarely comes cheaply
    Well said. We certainly all hunt for those rare occasions.

    Congrats on scoring such a beauty and thanks for sharing. It really is beautiful inside and out.

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    Re: American Watch co, Model 88

    Notice the two visible diamond endstones on the balance and escape wheel, corresponding to a total of four diamonds. These truly are high grade watches, among the best available at their time. As nice as Art's 21j is, the 19j ones are, in my opinion, even better finished.

    I'll also point out to the members here that the double sunk dial in combination with this particular signature is fairly uncommon. Most that one sees on these watches are either single sunk with this signature, or double sunk with a simple script "Waltham" signature.

    I love the serial number, too. That's a lot of zeros!

    Thanks for posting this, Art.
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    Re: American Watch co, Model 88

    Thanks for super supportive comments. The 19j may also be scarcer?

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