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Object type: wristwatch
Museum accession number: 82.99.16
Location: Permanent wristwatch display
Brief description: Gold (14 kt.) case ladies’ manual winding, detached lever wristwatch.
Round white enamel dial with black Arabic numbers and red minute indicators at five-minute intervals. No seconds.
Crown at conventional 3 o’clock, winds and sets hands.
Producer name: American Waltham Watch Co. USA
Production date: 1902 (movement based on serial No. 12,063,628)
Made in: Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Dimensions: 30 millimeters (case)
Movement: A.W.W. Co, WALTHAM, MASS, RUBY, 12,063,628
Case (inside): ROY, 14K, 372780
The movement on this watch started its life as a small pocket watch “Hunter”-type movement; hence, the early serial number dates it to 1902, a few years earlier than “fixed lug” wristwatches were marketed.
Originally intended as a pocket watch movement, this movement was mounted probably circa 1910 to 1915 in a fixed wire lug wristwatch case.
These are sometimes called “transitional” watches because they transitioned from the era of the pocket watch or pendant watch to the first “conventional” wristwatches. We often see these “transitional” pieces converted from ladies’ pendant watches (pendant and crown at 12 o’clock), but this case appears to be an original wire lug wristwatch.
The movement is Waltham, Model “1898-RUBY,” jewel series, 15 jewels, ½ plate, 6/0 size.
Adam R. Harris
Guest Wristwatch Curator 2014