Watch's origin: American
Number of jewels: 21
Type of Watch: Wrist
Lug Width: 18mm
Dimension: 37mm lug-to-lug and 30mm wide
Waltham produced what have come to be known as some of the first wristwatches to be put into production. These converted pocket watches could be worn on the wrist by a chain or ribbon, allowing the wearer to check the time without fumbling at the breast or in a pocket for a pendant. Women were the first to wear such timepieces: Victorian men thought a watch tied with a ribbon to the wrist was too effeminate. However, after seeing a number of comrades shot as they fumbled with their pocket watches, legends has it that a German Army officer tied his pocket watch to his wrist with a piece of cloth so that he could quickly glance at it. Later, he was said to have had wire lugs soldered to the case and thus the men's wristwatch "craze" was born.
After the "Great War" of WWI, Waltham took rather risky move: Acting on a breeze of fashion change in Europe, they began to manufacture "wristlets" or wristwatches for both the military and the general public, thereby facilitating the "migration" of the timepiece from pocket to wrist with flair and reliability.
Strong and exquisite, what more could one want from a classic Art Deco era Waltham timepiece? This example was made for the British market – evidenced by its red "12" and "U.S.A" under "Waltham" on the dial. Its factory original dial, with its oversized, stylized numerals, contrasting hands and sub-seconds register is simply beautiful. This uncommon dial is marked "Kemp Brothers Union 5 Bristol" And the case! Milled from solid gold, factory polished to a mirror-finish with curves in all the right places — it is the type of classic vintage timepiece that looks so stunning on the wrist it is both a conversation starter, and conversation stopper. And, at 37mm lug-to-lug and 30mm wide, it is in the "golden zone" of wrist art.
Snap open its un-engraved back and you'll find a completely and professionally restored, 21 ruby-jeweled Waltham "Riverside" movement, marking time as it did during the post WWI era. Not only do we carefully and correctly clean, oil and calibrate watches so they keep time as intended, we fit our pieces with proper straps. In the case of this Deco example, we have fitted the watch with a stunning honey cordovan strap with matching gold-tone buckle.
It's time to spoil yourself by purchasing a piece of timekeeping and military-style history. Impress your clients, one-up the boys at the 19th hole and create waves of envy among the co-workers with this solid gold masterpiece!