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    Waltham question: watch or clock??

    I bought a huge lot of jewelry at an auction and this was in it. The case says The Waltham Watch Co with patent dates. But the face is whats confusing me. It looks like an Italic "A" and "19988". Also the thickness of this thing makes me think it's not a watch. Can anyone help in identifying it? Thank you. Images attached

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    Re: Waltham question: watch or clock??

    Could it be a deck clock for a ship? Or perhaps a clock that fits in some sort of instrument panel or dashboard?
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    Re: Waltham question: watch or clock??

    That case is just a movement shipping case. Most watch companies just sold the movement and the jeweler added the case. This holder helped get it to the jeweler safely.


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    Ditto, just a movement holder with some parts inside of it.
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    Re: Waltham question: watch or clock??

    Quote Originally Posted by bamadadof3 View Post
    That case is just a movement shipping case. Most watch companies just sold the movement and the jeweler added the case. This holder helped get it to the jeweler safely.
    Interesting. So all those patents are just for the shipping case. Learned something again today.
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    Re: Waltham question: watch or clock??

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Interesting. So all those patents are just for the shipping case. Learned something again today.
    I think the patents were referring to the actual movement inside the holder but Iím not 100% on that. Iíve seen some holders stamped with the movement model number, manufacturer name, and various info. Some I have are really well made and heavy with good quality glass. Iím sure someone can give much better info than me on the specifics and a few guys collect them. Some I have are completely blank.


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    Re: Waltham question: watch or clock??

    Thank all of you so much...that makes more sense than it being a clock. So the white face inside was probably shipped in this? What would you think this face goes to?

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    Re: Waltham question: watch or clock??

    Is there a movement inside, or just the dial?
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    Re: Waltham question: watch or clock??

    just the white dial

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    Re: Waltham question: watch or clock??

    DonnaRevera...Hello!

    Mystery 'solved': the container is a Waltham item, and the information stamped on it refers to USA Patents @ its' design.

    The dial certainly looks Swiss--not at all a Waltham / USA item--and simply happened to show up in the "Movement Holder" ( as it's known ).

    It is very common for Watchmakers to take special care of enamel dials ( like this one ): they are easily damaged, and any container that'll protect them, is used.

    Keep looking...there are all sorts of Neat items out there!

    Michael.

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