Help with Waltham pocket watch

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    Question Help with Waltham pocket watch

    I have inherited my grandfather's (long since RIP) solid gold Waltham pocket watch but know very little about it. I'd like to open up the back to ID the serial number but I'm not sure how it opens and I don't want to damage it. It's in beautiful condition and very ornate. One of the best examples I have seen on the net.

    Any tips on safely opening the back would be much appreciated from a PW noob. :thanks

    Also, one day I should get it serviced, but I'm not sure who to trust it to. I'm in Australia, so any tips on locating someone good, let me know. Am I able to polish the gold case safely?

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    Re: Help with Waltham pocket watch

    Try this link on opening pocket watch cases, found in the stickies.

    https://forums.watchuseek.com/showthread.php?t=158603

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    Re: Help with Waltham pocket watch

    For a good, Australian watchmaker, I would suggest these fellows:

    http://www.thewatchgallery.com.au/

    They repaired my Waltham and it works fine now. As for polishing the case, best to let the watchmaker do that. But if you must, a very light polish with a gold-cloth should do. Some photographs of the case, dial and movement will help us date the watch for you.
    "Pipes are occasionally of extraordinary interest...nothing has more individuality save, perhaps, watches and bootlaces."

    - Sherlock Holmes.

    'The Yellow Face'.

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    Re: Help with Waltham pocket watch

    Yeah, I'll try to get it open before taking pics.

    Thanks for info.

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