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The history of the American Waltham Watch Company is well known, tracing it's roots back to three Massachusetts businessmen in 1850 who had a new approach to the cottage industry of watchmaking. After surviving different owners and several name changes, the company emerged intact from the Civil War to make around 40 million watches, chronometers, and repeaters over the next century. Waltham created some of the most elegant works of mechanical genius in more patterns, models, and sizes than any other American company.

This forum is for showing off your best Walthams, and for exploring the named grades through their various incarnations.

The most dazzling of the Crescent Streets, a 17-jewel straight nickel 18-size Model '83:

 
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Fronted by a double-sunk Arabic dial with spade-and-poker hands:

 
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The Crescent Street was also one of the seven named grades of the 18-size Model '92. Found in several different patterns and jewel counts, this pendant-set example is straight nickel:

 
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Fronted by a bold Arabic dial and heavy spade hands:

 
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The Model '92 Crescent Street is one of three named grades that was also available in two-tone:

 
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Also fronted by an Arabic dial with matching spade hands:

 
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The Crescent Street was also found in both the 16-size 1899 and 1908 models, in different jewel counts, and were available with a wind-indicator function:

 
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This is a 21-jewel variant in a Model '08:

 
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All wrapped up in a factory-signed Keystone gold-filled case:

 
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Those are just spectacular.
 
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Thanks, Roger Smile

The Crescent Street was also sent to Canada, where it wandered for many years and finally came back with all those extra numbers on the dial.

 
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This is a M99 Crescent Street, a 21-jewel pendant-set variant with a gold star regulator:

 
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Ensconsed in a Sovereign case with a Maple Leaf for the trademark stamp:

 
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Wow Eric, your stunning watches and spectacular photos blow me away!


Best Regards,

Ed
 
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Eric those are outstanding and your photos are beautiful.


Deacon
 
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Keep em coming, Eric

Photos like that are always a joy to look at.


Tom Dunn...
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I hate to be jealous - especially on a Sunday! But here I sit wishing some of those were mine Eek

I would give a little dignity to those beauties and call them "time pieces", not JUST a watch.
 
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Beautiful photos of beautiful watches, or like Mike put it. Timepieces!!


Bill Carlson
 
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Thanks, boys. Smile

Doesn't anybody have any Walthams to show?
 
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According to legend, Patten Sargeant Bartlett was Employee of the Month so often that the company named a grade in his honor.

The PS Bartlett was available in both 16 and 18 sizes, and in several jewel counts. This example fronts an Arabic dial with matching butterfly hands.

 
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A 17-jewel PS Bartlett in a Model '83:

 
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The PS Bartlett was another of the seven named grades in the Model '92 family, and is usually found with the "squiggly" Arabic dial.

 
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