Men’s 1901 Waltham 23 Jewel Hunter Case Pocket Watch

Men’s 1901 Waltham 23 Jewel Hunter Case Pocket Watch

Item: W2446

Watch's origin: American

Number of jewels: 23

Case: Fahys

Manufacturer: Waltham

Type of Watch:  Pocket

Type: Hunter

Size: 18s

Composition: Gold-Filled

Other Attributes:   Railroad
 With Box

Price: $2,795.00

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Among the American watch houses, the American Waltham Watch Company, or "Waltham," has one of the longest and most vivid histories. Founded in 1851 in Roxbury, Mass., the company supplied many of the watches carried during the Civil and Indian Wars of the 1870s, and along the Eastern Seaboard. They were the first to successfully manufacture watches using an assembly-line process and are credited with no less than igniting the Industrial Revolution. Their watches were widely copied throughout Switzerland and Europe and have come to symbolize a great American Horological tradition.

So much could be written about one of the greatest watch houses the world has known — American Waltham Watch Company — that one could spend a lifetime cloistered like a monk, scribing all its accomplishments. Founded in 1851, the company later known as simply "Waltham" helped formalize railroad timekeeping with its famous 18 size "Crescent Street" model — the first pocket watch in American manufactured and advertised expressly for the Railroad industry.

We have the great honor of offering what may be one of the finest examples available today of Waltham's legendary "Vanguard" pocket watch. This exceedingly uncommon hunter-case variation, which emerged from the hands of Waltham's watchmakers in 1901 has everything one could have hoped for in a railroad grade watch of the day: Its PERFECT Montgomery dial is a "Center-cut and seconds ground" classic with fully graduated outer minute register, plum-blued spade hands and wonderfully oversized hour numerals.

Within a glimmering yellow gold-filled case is a masterwork of horological engineering: an original 23 ruby-jeweled Vanguard hunter-case railroad movement, with solid gold screw-jewel settings, solid gold train, compensated balance and micro star regulator.

The movement is as impressive as it was when it was assembled by Waltham artists and engineers more than a hundred years ago. We have, of course, taken the liberty of completely cleaning, oiling and calibrating this timepiece so that it keeps time as it was intended.

We’re privileged to offer this work of art in its own custom-fitted hardwood presentation box. If you're looking for that special watch to carry to impress your friends and co-workers; or, if you're looking for the gift of a lifetime, this stunning timepiece is it!