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.