posted September 22, 2012 17:05
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:
posted September 22, 2012 17:06
Fronted by a double-sunk Arabic dial with spade-and-poker hands:
posted September 22, 2012 17:11
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:
posted September 22, 2012 17:12
Fronted by a bold Arabic dial and heavy spade hands:
posted September 22, 2012 17:15
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:
posted September 22, 2012 17:19
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:
posted September 22, 2012 17:20
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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posted September 22, 2012 17:25
Those are just spectacular.
posted September 22, 2012 17:47
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.
posted September 22, 2012 17:48
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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posted September 22, 2012 18:06
Wow Eric, your stunning watches and spectacular photos blow me away!
Best Regards, Ed
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posted September 22, 2012 19:51
Eric those are outstanding and your photos are beautiful.
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posted September 22, 2012 19:55
Keep em coming, Eric
Photos like that are always a joy to look at.
posted September 23, 2012 17:49
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.
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posted September 23, 2012 19:27
Beautiful photos of beautiful watches, or like Mike put it. Timepieces!!
posted September 23, 2012 20:46
Doesn't anybody have any Walthams to show?
posted September 23, 2012 20:50
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.
posted September 23, 2012 20:52
A 17-jewel PS Bartlett in a Model '83:
posted September 23, 2012 20:54
The PS Bartlett was another of the seven named grades in the Model '92 family, and is usually found with the "squiggly" Arabic dial.