Internet Horology Club 185
Meet Me On Crescent Street
September 22, 2012, 17:05Eric Unselt
Meet Me On Crescent Street
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:
September 22, 2012, 17:06Eric Unselt
Fronted by a double-sunk Arabic dial with spade-and-poker hands:
September 22, 2012, 17:11Eric Unselt
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:
September 22, 2012, 17:12Eric Unselt
Fronted by a bold Arabic dial and heavy spade hands:
September 22, 2012, 17:15Eric Unselt
The Model '92 Crescent Street is one of three named grades that was also available in two-tone:
September 22, 2012, 17:16Eric Unselt
Also fronted by an Arabic dial with matching spade hands:
September 22, 2012, 17:19Eric Unselt
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:
September 22, 2012, 17:20Eric Unselt
This is a 21-jewel variant in a Model '08:
September 22, 2012, 17:22Eric Unselt
All wrapped up in a factory-signed Keystone gold-filled case:
September 22, 2012, 17:25Roger J. Nolfe
Those are just spectacular.
September 22, 2012, 17:47Eric Unselt
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.
September 22, 2012, 17:48Eric Unselt
This is a M99 Crescent Street, a 21-jewel pendant-set variant with a gold star regulator:
September 22, 2012, 17:49Eric Unselt
Ensconsed in a Sovereign case with a Maple Leaf for the trademark stamp:
September 22, 2012, 18:06Edward L. Parsons, Jr.
Wow Eric, your stunning watches and spectacular photos blow me away!
September 22, 2012, 19:51Richard M. Jones
Eric those are outstanding and your photos are beautiful.
September 22, 2012, 19:55Tom Dunn
Keep em coming, Eric
Photos like that are always a joy to look at.
September 23, 2012, 17:49Mike LaForest
I hate to be jealous - especially on a Sunday! But here I sit wishing some of those were mine
I would give a little dignity to those beauties and call them "time pieces", not JUST a watch.
September 23, 2012, 19:27Bill Carlson
Beautiful photos of beautiful watches, or like Mike put it. Timepieces!!
September 23, 2012, 20:46Eric Unselt
Doesn't anybody have any Walthams to show?
September 23, 2012, 20:50Eric Unselt
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.
September 23, 2012, 20:52Eric Unselt
A 17-jewel PS Bartlett in a Model '83:
September 23, 2012, 20:54Eric Unselt
The PS Bartlett was another of the seven named grades in the Model '92 family, and is usually found with the "squiggly" Arabic dial.