Not so common dial on an 1892 model Waltham

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    Not so common dial on an 1892 model Waltham

    This dial is not in the best condition, but is a dial that is not seen too terribly often. These were reportedly made up to clear older inventory of the slow-moving high grade hunting case watches.

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    Re: Not so common dial on an 1892 model Waltham

    Does Crescent Street have significance to Waltham?

    Interesting find.
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    Re: Not so common dial on an 1892 model Waltham

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    Does Crescent Street have significance to Waltham?

    Interesting find.
    I've been working on an article on that for the NAWCC bulletin for about a year and a half now :)

    When Waltham was looking for grade names, they were often fond of simply looking out the windows of the factory. There are a couple of examples of this, Riverside being one as the American Watch Company Factory was built on the banks of the Charles River. Crescent St. is another notable example, as the factory was(and the building still is) located on Crescent St. in Waltham.

    The Crescent St. name was used as a grade name for a variety of mostly railroad grade watches. It was the only grade in the 1870 model, the best grade in the 1883 model, the second quality grade in the 1892 model, and the one of the top grades(although 3 or 4 down) in the 1899 and 1908 models. There was also a grade of ladies' wristwatch movement with the Crescent St. name.

    In the 1892 model, the Crescent St. was one of the more popular grades, and was made with both 19 and 21 jewels. Most of them didn't have this particular dial, though, or any indication on the dial otherwise as to the grade.

    Here's a(not very good) photo of the movement in this one

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    Re: Not so common dial on an 1892 model Waltham

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_hutcherson View Post
    I've been working on an article on that for the NAWCC bulletin for about a year and a half now :)

    When Waltham was looking for grade names, they were often fond of simply looking out the windows of the factory. There are a couple of examples of this, Riverside being one as the American Watch Company Factory was built on the banks of the Charles River. Crescent St. is another notable example, as the factory was(and the building still is) located on Crescent St. in Waltham.

    The Crescent St. name was used as a grade name for a variety of mostly railroad grade watches. It was the only grade in the 1870 model, the best grade in the 1883 model, the second quality grade in the 1892 model, and the one of the top grades(although 3 or 4 down) in the 1899 and 1908 models. There was also a grade of ladies' wristwatch movement with the Crescent St. name.

    In the 1892 model, the Crescent St. was one of the more popular grades, and was made with both 19 and 21 jewels. Most of them didn't have this particular dial, though, or any indication on the dial otherwise as to the grade.

    Here's a(not very good) photo of the movement in this one

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