Info on vintage Waltham pocket watch?
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    Question Info on vintage Waltham pocket watch?

    Bought this at an antique mall for $12.
    Hands, dial and crystal in good shape. The back looks to be pretty much useless and only snaps on instead of screwing in place.
    Movement looks nice, but I have no knowledge about pocket watches.
    Also I think the balance staff is broken. The balance wheel doesn't turn and wobbles around when the watch is moved.

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    Re: Info on vintage Waltham pocket watch?

    I'm reading the movement serial number as 17 577 006, if that is correct you have a size 12 open face model 94 grade 210 7 jewel movement in a Philadephia Watch Case Co. Silverode case (nickel silver or German silver, not real silver) from approx 1909. That's a low grade movement, I wouldn't invest any more in it.
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    Re: Info on vintage Waltham pocket watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by RON in PA View Post
    I'm reading the movement serial number as 17 577 006, if that is correct you have a size 12 open face model 94 grade 210 7 jewel movement in a Philadephia Watch Case Co. Silverode case (nickel silver or German silver, not real silver) from approx 1909. That's a low grade movement, I wouldn't invest any more in it.
    Ok, I was going to wear it but I guess I'll just throw it up on eBay or something...
    Thanks

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    Re: Info on vintage Waltham pocket watch?

    I agree with Ron. Not worth putting money into a low grade movement unless it is a family heirloom. You can still get a 15J or 17J pocket watch in running condition for quite reasonable prices. If you're looking for something prior to WW1, I'd buy a size 16 or size 18 piece. More substantial.
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    Re: Info on vintage Waltham pocket watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    I agree with Ron. Not worth putting money into a low grade movement unless it is a family heirloom. You can still get a 15J or 17J pocket watch in running condition for quite reasonable prices. If you're looking for something prior to WW1, I'd buy a size 16 or size 18 piece. More substantial.
    Yeah, I had a couple other pocket watches that I got in a box of 60+ watches but they were all missing hands or stems. I think the only one I had worth fixing was this gold one or a Hamilton.
    I really like the expensive ones but I wouldn't wear a pocket watch often, maybe only if I went to something formal. I bought the Waltham because it looked to be in decent condition and it wasn't missing the hands.

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