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    American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    Hello!
    Just got this one and I have to admit I'm very, very happy :). I guell casing it might be a problem, but the movement is fantastic, IMO! it's almost in running condition - it's dirty and doesn't have much oil left in the bearings, but is wants to run - technically it's most likely just fine. I got to know it is a Waltham model 72, am i right? I'll use imageshack, because attachments don't seem to work

    BTW - any casing hints would be appreciated - it has the original swing-out case part, as you can see - maybe it would fit a 16s swing-out case after soe minor adjustments (of the case of course)?


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    Nice model '72. I like the tadpole regulator.
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    Re: American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    Lovely.

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    Re: American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    You are right. A best of its time and not common. Hope a Waltham expert will see this and advise. A smaller than 16 size, 14s?

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    Re: American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    It is a 16s, but I believe the dial plate is slightly bigger than standard 16s, and then the lever position might also not match. So it won't fit directly into a standard case.
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    Re: American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    And it also had the mounting screw in a weird place... I'd rather leave it in this perfectly-matched swing-out ring it's in, but I'm just wondering if there is a case that could house the whole ring as it is... There is a click on the edge of the ring (at 6 o'clock) that holds the ring in the case - looks more like English swing-out cases - maybe some English cases would fit after simply making some space for the lever I'll also try to replace the original rng in a 16s case with this one, but I don't have a 16s swing out case at the moment...

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    Re: American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    Quote Originally Posted by Erik_H View Post
    It is a 16s, but I believe the dial plate is slightly bigger than standard 16s, and then the lever position might also not match. So it won't fit directly into a standard case.
    Well - it is going to be a problem - I've measured it precisely, comparing it to Elgin 16s and it's clearly bigger than a 16s movement - the dial plate is 44mm, compared to about 42mm in 16s Elgin, and the othes side is 41mm - also bigger compared to Elgin's 40,5mm.

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    Re: American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    According to the Waltham Grey Book you have a size 16, 15 jewel model 1872 American Watch Co.grade watch from approx. 1881.

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    Re: American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    These watches came with a very thick Silveroid or coin silver case. It is a 16s 15j but it is from 1883. These cases are cheap on ebay if you dont mind the nickle silver look.
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    Re: American Watch Co Waltham movement - old nickel beauty

    Well, I actually like these nickel silver/silverine/silvereoid/oresilver cases :). The thing is - I never know if the case is the one I'm looking for. It's good to know however what to look for - I'll just start asking the sellers for precise dimensions :)

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