Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

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    Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    Humour is a little dangerous as it differs from person to person.
    However I was quite amused by this statement.

    What do you think?
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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    Quote Originally Posted by Sparks View Post
    Humour is a little dangerous as it differs from person to person.
    However I was quite amused by this statement.

    What do you think?
    Please feel free to comment or ignore
    I must be completely dour as I don't even know where the humour is supposed to be.
    The fifteen jewel engraving looks a bit funny though...is that it?

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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who has missed the punchline.

    Edit: on reflection I agree it's something to do with the jewelling statement because that can't be factory.


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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    I really don't see anything funny about that.

    Someone please explain it.
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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    Yes, they were never marked from the factory. So someone has badly added this - but it is not lying, it does have 15 jewels.

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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    OK - jewELs

    I think it is well known that Jews was in the jewellery business.
    Yor are right the watch was made around 1887, when count of jewels rarely was marked from the factory.
    So a jeweller working on the watch made this 'hidden' statement, that I am sure the next jeweller would decipher with a smile.

    Anyway, when I take the watch apart I will check the undecorated barrel for serial no. to see if it has been changed, and report back here.
    (So this thread can be a little useful )
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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    Actually, some of these were marked from the factory, but the ones I've seen clearly had the marking added at a later date(and it didn't look anything like that!). Presumably, these would have been movements still in inventory after several years-many were also up-jeweled to 17 jewels at the time.

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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    Further on Ben's post: Here is one of my model 1883, it is a grade 820. This one shows the original factory markings of being up-jeweled from 15j to 17j. It is clear how the new jewel designation covers the original damaskeening. By the way, Waltham made 9500 units of this this 17j grade 820.

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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    I confess I was ignoring the up-jeweled versions - as the OPs definitely isn't and wasn't.

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    Re: Waltham 1883 No. 35 with a twist of humour

    Quote Originally Posted by trim View Post
    I confess I was ignoring the up-jeweled versions - as the OPs definitely isn't and wasn't.
    I agree, the OPs watch is not how it left Waltham.
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