Ok, so I've had these for a while and they aren't the most stunning examples of private label watches, but I am interested in the men behind the names on these watches.
The first is a Waltham, movement marked Jean Tack (I believe). Unsubstantiated google information shows him as the city timekeeper for Newark, NJ. The only information I can find on this is information that Steve Mercer published.
This particular watch is listed in his "WALTHAM MODEL 83 PRIVATE LABEL OBSERVATIONS", chapter 149:
serial #3355947 is listed as an 1887, Grade No. 1, 7J, Side winding, Hunting style watch with a gilt movement and single sunk dial marked Am. Watch Co., Waltham
It was apparently sold on Ebay in 2005. I can't find the listing, but I bought it in Stillwater, Ok from a clock repairman a few years ago.
Any info on Jean Tack would be greatly appreciated.
This second watch I can't find any information at all concerning the name.
It's an 1890, grade 70, 15J, B.W. Raymond, Lever set Hunting style movement
Private name on dial appears to me as "John L. Finch" it also has the number 32 with a small underlined zero after it (I have no idea what this could mean).
I bought this a few years ago at a local sale. It needs some work The gentleman said it was housed in an 18k solid case which he sold for scrap in the late 70's.
I would love to hear any and all insight on these watches!