Waltham pocket watch movement gold lettering
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    Waltham pocket watch movement gold lettering

    I have noticed that unlike Hamilton and Elgin Waltham used black lettering and line decoration on movements for their finest models with exception of the 18 size model 1892 rr. I would like to know why and how the gold is applied. It seems to be more durable than the black. Lady watches by Waltham in better qualities could have gold lettering, but it was generally not used. I have a 1938+ 16S 23j Vanguard that has gold lettering as well as surface decoration I thought was not done by that time. Has a negative r.r. dial. Nice g.f. case. Never saw a 16s Maximus or Vanguard with gold lettering before. Maybe not seen enough? Add photo showing usual lettering on high grade 16 size.
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    Re: Waltham pocket watch movement gold lettering

    Was this a stupid question about black lettering preference by Waltham in best grade p.w. 4 years ago. No answers; but still interested. Black more durable and legible? Gold only for specially decorated mvnts.? artb

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    Re: Waltham pocket watch movement gold lettering

    I had always assumed gold lettering was gold leaf brushed on with the part that adhered to the surface (not the indentations) removed by some slight abrasion process. But others will hopefully know more!
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Re: Waltham pocket watch movement gold lettering

    Well Art, there is no such thing as a stupid question… Only stupid people. Ha! Just kidding, you’ve probably forgotten more about watches than I know! Seriously though, the gold spreckles on there remind me of the fake ID’s I used to make back in the day. Instead of a hologram we would sprinkle some gold glitter in the holographic area. It used to get us into the bars 7 times outta 10! J
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    Re: Waltham pocket watch movement gold lettering

    THANKS FOR ANSWERS and a little welcome humor. artb
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    Re: Waltham pocket watch movement gold lettering

    I WAS WRONG about ELGINS movement marking choices being different than Walthams. A review of photos indicates similar and mainly arbitrary after all. artb

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