I wish I paid better attention to my grandmotherís stories as a kid. From what I can recall, my grandmothers Uncle, or (Great uncle I'm not sure) worked for the rail road. This was his well-worn gold pocket watch.
From what I was able to find online, this was his Waltham model 1883, with 17 jewel Bartlett movement made around 1907. I have no idea if its gold, or gold filled.
Heat blued hands, still in beautiful condition
My favorite part, the 100+ year old movement.
This is the marking I couldnít find any info on
It looks like it was last serviced in 1977. I gently wound it and it still runs. I'd get it cleaned and lubricated before I'd consider winding it fully. Itís crazy how loud it ticks.
From what I can tell, the 1883 model typically came with a 15j movement. I read that the railroad had standards for watches, so I assume thatís why this one was a 17j. Just speculating here since Iím still learning about movements.
If anyone can point me to more info on this piece, it would be greatly appreciated.