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    Yes I'd say that those were dates scratched into the watch by the watchmaker after each service. So let's say it was bought in 1920, then it was 20 years before it was serviced (which is a LONG stretch), then serviced again 10 years after that 9which is a bit more reasonable), but thereafter not touched again.

    So yes, I'd say it's well overdue for another servicing if it's been 60-odd years!!
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    Re: Waltham pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by mkws View Post
    A watchmaker doesn't ALWAYS leave a service mark. Some do that sometimes, some usually, some always, some never.
    ...sorry...
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    Re: Waltham pocket watch

    Happly to report my Waltham watch is now serviced and running well, first time it's run for at least 40 years.
    It was quiet and challenge to find anyone willing to work on a pocket watch. D.J. Jewellery in Manchester city centre fixed me up.
    It's gained around 20 seconds in the first 24 hours of me getting it back, and I'm very pleased with that, I don't know how accurate these would have been when newer, but at close to 100 years old I'll put up with that.
    I plan only buying/ making a display stand soon so its no longer hidden away.
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    Re: Waltham pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete531 View Post
    Happly to report my Waltham watch is now serviced and running well, first time it's run for at least 40 years.
    It was quiet and challenge to find anyone willing to work on a pocket watch. D.J. Jewellery in Manchester city centre fixed me up.
    It's gained around 20 seconds in the first 24 hours of me getting it back, and I'm very pleased with that, I don't know how accurate these would have been when newer, but at close to 100 years old I'll put up with that.
    I plan only buying/ making a display stand soon so its no longer hidden away.
    A watch like this one is apt to show some differences in timing depending on if it's running dial-up (like on a desk) or crown up (like in your pocket). I'm assuming that at the moment, it's mostly in the dial-up position, and that if/when you put it into a display stand it'll be crown-up. Either way, 20s per day isn't that bad for a 7 jewel watch, and if it's consistent, you only need to nudge the regulator a bit to drop it down to where you want it to be. I would tend to want to regulate it for dial-up position, so that it's more accurate when you're wearing it.
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    Re: Waltham pocket watch

    Quote Originally Posted by AbslomRob View Post
    A watch like this one is apt to show some differences in timing depending on if it's running dial-up (like on a desk) or crown up (like in your pocket). I'm assuming that at the moment, it's mostly in the dial-up position, and that if/when you put it into a display stand it'll be crown-up. Either way, 20s per day isn't that bad for a 7 jewel watch, and if it's consistent, you only need to nudge the regulator a bit to drop it down to where you want it to be. I would tend to want to regulate it for dial-up position, so that it's more accurate when you're wearing it.

    Right, thank you for that very useful info. I hadn't realised that there would be a difference between positions, I don't see me wearing it's much if im honest, It will probably end up serving as a table clock.
    The chain it used to have was cut up and made into 2 charm bracelets many years ago, I have one half of it back now, the other half my sister had and unfortunately was stolen from her and few years ago.

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