Dating your waltham pocket watch

05-Apr-2020 15:57

Most watch companies just made movements (the "works") in industry standard sizes. The practice at that time was to go to a jeweler, select the quality of the movement and then pick out the desired style and quality of case.

Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible.

The reason: There have been a lot of watch manufacturing companies that have come and gone over the years.

Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space.

It was the first successful company in America to manufacture watches in mass production using machinery to make identical (or at least, near identical) parts. You can find out some basic facts about your Waltham watch by entering the serial number on the movement (the "works") in the field on the NAWCC Information Storage - Waltham Serial Number Data Base (don't use any commas).

Note: When a number appears by itself in the Comment Column, it is the page in the factory serial list where the entry appeared. "Comment 42" is on page 42 of Serial Numbers With Description of Waltham Watch Movements, Waltham Watch Co., Waltham, MA, 1954, (commonly referred to as "The Gray Book").

Sometimes it is easy to answer, and sometimes it is impossible.

The reason: There have been a lot of watch manufacturing companies that have come and gone over the years.

Many have gone out of business, while others destroyed records to save space.

It was the first successful company in America to manufacture watches in mass production using machinery to make identical (or at least, near identical) parts. You can find out some basic facts about your Waltham watch by entering the serial number on the movement (the "works") in the field on the NAWCC Information Storage - Waltham Serial Number Data Base (don't use any commas).

Note: When a number appears by itself in the Comment Column, it is the page in the factory serial list where the entry appeared. "Comment 42" is on page 42 of Serial Numbers With Description of Waltham Watch Movements, Waltham Watch Co., Waltham, MA, 1954, (commonly referred to as "The Gray Book").

There you can look up more information about your Waltham, including model, size, and grade.