Tell me about my new Waltham!

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    Tell me about my new Waltham!

    Hi everyone! This is my first post in the vintage watch forum but don't worry, I'm not looking for an appraisal. After much searching in my local thrift and antique shops, I purchase this Waltham. Not knowing much about it other than that it was a mechanical piece with a blue face (a big selling point for me as I don't have a blue faced watch in my small collection) I took the plunge and bought it. I'm happy with my purchase but I would like to know more about the watch. I browsed ebay but was only able to find one similar piece with a black face for more than double what I paid. Any input is appreciated!

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    The strap is home made, I didnt like the dainty white one that came with it

    Thanks!

    EDIT: I should mention I opened it up and found a 7 jewel movement inside.
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    Re: Tell me about my new Waltham!

    Welcome. I can't tell you anything about the watch, but I'm impressed by the strap.
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    Please don't PM me to ask for a valuation - I won't attempt one.

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    Re: Tell me about my new Waltham!

    Looks like a 1960s, Swiss movement model, made/assembled by Hallmark/Waltham-Chicago. The "W" logo is designed to differentiate this company from the Waltham of Waltham, Massachusetts.
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    Re: Tell me about my new Waltham!

    This is my first post in the vintage watch forum but don't worry, I'm not looking for an appraisal.
    LOL...You have clearly at least been lurking for awhile. Welcome.

    Nice little Waltham. I really can't add anything - 1960s or early 1970s. I think the cuff style strap would suit it nicely.

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    Re: Tell me about my new Waltham!

    Quote Originally Posted by lysanderxiii View Post
    Looks like a 1960s, Swiss movement model, made/assembled by Hallmark/Waltham-Chicago. The "W" logo is designed to differentiate this company from the Waltham of Waltham, Massachusetts.
    Interesting... Thanks for that bit of info, I knew Waltham had a bit of an identity crisis.

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    "Waltham Watch Co Hong Kong Made B 392 6 1401"

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    "7 Jewels" "Waltham Watch Co Swiss Unadjusted"

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    Re: Tell me about my new Waltham!

    Quote Originally Posted by OtisBlank View Post
    Interesting... Thanks for that bit of info, I knew Waltham had a bit of an identity crisis.
    I believe the diamond W logo was used starting after either 1976 or 1984. MZ Berger took over the Waltham trade name in 1984, and their trademark renewal in 1994 includes a picture of it, so it's definitely tied to North American Waltham production. But there was a period after 1976 when Waltham of Chicago licensed the name to another company; the logo may have come from there as well. All the NA Walthams I've seen from the 60's use the blue or red "broad" W symbol, and I believe the Swiss company used a script with no symbol.
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