Lady Waltham PW to Restore
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    Lady Waltham PW to Restore

    I feel quite fortunate to find this 14k 6S Ladies PW in a thrift. Rose gold Case in great shape. It is lever set and running. It is missing Crystal, hands and parts of the crown ring. Database has it dated to 1890 with 16 jewels and a total production of only 1000! Quite a lovely piece for $70. I would really like to fix this up. Any ideas as to what design the hands should be? And is it possible/difficult to replace the crown guard ring?
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    Re: Lady Waltham PW to Restore

    Lucky indeed. Amazing that this wasn't scrapped when gold was at $1800/oz.
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    Re: Lady Waltham PW to Restore

    Very nice fixerupper!!
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    Re: Lady Waltham PW to Restore

    Giotime...a nice Waltham! A decent number of these little creations did manage to survive the Gold Rush, and they show up from time to time.

    Your watch needs a "bezel", which is the ring that the crystal snaps into...these are difficult ( very difficult...) to find, but, one can be made: there are specialists in case repair who do the work...I do not know what the cost will be, but I rather expect that it will be a bit over $100 US.

    The missing "bow" that snaps into the recesses below the winding crown will be no problem...many shops have a good supply of replacement items...'should' (!) be less than, say, $20 US.

    WAIT!! Your first photo shows the watch without the bezel...the second, with the bezel! So: if you have the bezel, you're all set: a crystal is easy, and will be around $20 US. The hands will be no problem for anyone used to these watches.

    Finally: these watches have tended to age very well, and usually clean-up nicely. You'll have a neat Waltham to enjoy & show for many years. Michael.

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    Re: Lady Waltham PW to Restore

    Thank you Michael. I really like this piece and am willing to spend some to restore, and yes it IS missing the bezel - I took it to my watchmaker who first brought this to my attention . I thought it was just the glass. We were concentrating on trying to find a donor case ( expecting to use gold-filled replacement pieces). No mention was made that one might be able to be made. I will explore this possibility because I would prefer it be made from solid 14k. Were you suggesting this might be possible ? How does one search for a case maker artisan? Thanks again for the help.

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    Giotime...I'm pretty sure that it's possible to have a bezel made...I like to use Google to search...just enter " pocket watch case restoration" or, perhaps, " watch case repair", and something should pop up!

    If all else fails, consider going to the "NAWCC" Forums...there are folks there who know about all there is to know, about USA pocket watches.

    I will suggest this: whereas your case is a standard item ( that is to say, not a rare, 'sold-with-a-specific-movement' case--as, for example, were certain Elgin's [ "Hurlbird" ] ), you might want to consider searching for another case...USA movements tend to widely interchange with USA cases, and there's no reduction in 'value' if one swaps cases that were used for the same brand movement. Having a 14K bezel made will quite possibly be nearly as expensive as buying a complete case, and there may be an issue with matching the new bezel's color, with the original case. Of course, your Waltham will slip nicely into a gold-filled case, as well, and many USA PW GF cases really cannot be told from solid gold, without a test...the 19th C cases were amazingly well-made!

    Good luck with your Waltham! Michael.
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    Re: Lady Waltham PW to Restore

    Try https://www.watchcaserepair.com/ he has a very good reputation and long family history (Wuischpard)

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    Thank you trim. That appears to be a great lead! I will definitely explore it.

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