Vintage Waltham 21 Jewel - Family Heirloom

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    Vintage Waltham 21 Jewel - Family Heirloom

    I'm new here - I ran across this group while trying to find some way to date a watch given to me by my great grandmother. My grandmother says the watch was a wedding gift to my great grandmother by my great grandfather...long story short my mother thinks that's unlikely given that they were married in the 1930's during the depression and both worked for a bakery and picked shrimp for extra income.

    The most information I've got on it is that it's a Waltham 21 Jewel ladies wrist watch. Everything is original still although 2 of the diamonds have been lost from wearing it. I can't find a serial number, just that the back is stainless and the rest is 10K white gold. Any ideas anyone? Thanks!

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    Re: Vintage Waltham 21 Jewel - Family Heirloom

    Quote Originally Posted by MommieDances View Post
    I'm new here - I ran across this group while trying to find some way to date a watch given to me by my great grandmother. My grandmother says the watch was a wedding gift to my great grandmother by my great grandfather...long story short my mother thinks that's unlikely given that they were married in the 1930's during the depression and both worked for a bakery and picked shrimp for extra income.

    The most information I've got on it is that it's a Waltham 21 Jewel ladies wrist watch. Everything is original still although 2 of the diamonds have been lost from wearing it. I can't find a serial number, just that the back is stainless and the rest is 10K white gold. Any ideas anyone? Thanks!

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    I think the picture is too small to say much. Does it say "Swiss" on the dial anywhere? The smallest American Waltham 21j watch that I can find was the model 6781; they didn't start production on that until after the war though.
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    Re: Vintage Waltham 21 Jewel - Family Heirloom

    When I click on the picture, the link takes me to a version which I can blow up huge. The overall style (case, string-bracelet) is very much inter-war, but the red logo places it much later, IMO. I can't see a "Swiss" at the bottom so tentatively, I'd say not long after WWII. But that might just be a case of the dial not being large enough for it (so you should see it on case back or movement).

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    Re: Vintage Waltham 21 Jewel - Family Heirloom

    Ah, didn't realize I could click the picture. The red logo is definitely post-bankruptcy, so that would make it a mid-60's watch at the earliest.
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