Saved a Watham pocket watch from a thrift store and got a surprise
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    Saved a Watham pocket watch from a thrift store and got a surprise

    On Sunday, I braved the heat and went over to my favorite thrift shop. They were putting out some new watches. One of the watches they put out was a nice condition Waltham 12s hunter pocket watch. It started up the minute I wound it and the winding was smooth as butter.

    The case looked to be in great shape and the hinges, opening button looked and worked great.

    They wanted $50 plus tax for it. I figured why not it looks good and a nicer looking hunter cannot be found for $50.

    At the time I did not have a thin knife to open the case back and look at the movement.

    At home I popped it open and low and behold, I was in for a big surprise. The outer backcover when opened had 14K stamped on it. The movement was a 17j model 1894 Royal movement. The serial says it was made around 1896

    This is a heavy watch for its size. It looks to have quite a bit of gold in it.

    I think this is a keeper. It has been keeping great time and looks to have been serviced quite a bit but as I have no records of when it it last was serviced, I will be dropping it off at my watchmaker this weekend


    Here are some pics

    I forgot to take a pic of the movement for some reason.
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    Re: Saved a Watham pocket watch from a thrift store and got a surprise

    That's a fine pickup! Would love to see the movement.

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    Re: Saved a Watham pocket watch from a thrift store and got a surprise

    And the fob? Did that come with it too? Gold? Nice watch. Congrats!

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