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    Waltham model 1873-6

    Here a top grade? example from 1887 of the 16j? model 73-6. Waltham gold fill case and their best O'Hara dial. A diamond cap jewel? The first 6 size Waltham model? Best 6s before 1880? Name:  IMG_3181a.jpg
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    Re: Waltham model 1873-6

    Art,

    This indeed a beauty, and I believe that you are correct about the '73 being the first 6 size.

    The jewel arrangement is certainly odd. The 3rd wheel is an unusual place to put a cap jewel, although not unheard of(i.e. 23j Illinois Sangamos and 24j Bunn Specials). I'd be curious if it's capped on the other side. As I see the watch, it appears to be 17j(the pillar plate center is most likely not jeweled, as was common Waltham practice at the time). If the 3rd is capped on both sides, that would bring us up to 18.

    Of course, with all of the above in mind, it's also possible that the fork is not jeweled which would-again-bring us back to 16j.

    All I can say is ask Bill :) . Sorry to tell you that so much, but he's seen a WHOLE lot more Walthams than I have, and I knows all these intricacies by heart. I was glad to hear that he made he Denver regional this year.

    Of course, the O'Hara dial is phenomenal.
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    Re: Waltham model 1873-6

    What a beauty!!! I am always trying to come down to those low serial numbers in my Waltham collection, possibly reaching the period of the American Civil War. I am very far away from that and keep strolling around in search for such a rare specimen, but usually come back with a 7 jewel Traveller model... Would it be blasphemy to ask how it is running?
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    Re: Waltham model 1873-6

    Bill was at our annual Denver NAWCC Mart 2 days ago with a few watches to sell. I bought 2 from him including this one and a fine 8 size model 73. We were both busy. these 2 were of no interest except to me. I sold 4 and bought 5. I am not a good judge of what other collectors like, but know what I like. Bill doing well but has a lot of distractions so I avoid adding more. He promptly selected these 2 for me to consider. The 8s 73 here:

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    Re: Waltham model 1873-6

    Magnificent piece in all ways
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    Re: Waltham model 1873-6

    I am lacking the first lady 10 size Waltham model 1861, but do have a similar model 1865 10s and another 8s model 1873. These 2 were bought years ago for their fine quality gold cases. artb

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    Re: Waltham model 1873-6

    DIAMOND CAP JEWEL IS NOT. Fuzzy photo is of conventional colorless jewel. artb

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    Re: Waltham model 1873-6

    Could these 2 Models 1873-8 and 1873-6 Am'n Waltham hunters be considered the best ever 6 and 8 sized hunter cased collectible Walthams?
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    Re: Waltham model 1873-6

    NAWCC members have recently confirmed these nickel plated model 73's as truly scarce ones. Not really accurately known how many made.. Posted in NAWCC Message Board. artb

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