09-06-2011, 05:59 PM
I'm trying to find out more about my great grandfathers Waltham pocket watch. He was a cattleman in Texas. On the face of the watch it has a steer ingrave. I was told it was about year 1878 / size 18 /movement #1191572 which I don't think it is the movement number, I think it is the case number?
Face is roman numeral marking, no 24 hour marking for a railway watch. Stem is at 3 o'clock.
Its' in very good condition.
If anyone could shade so light on this it would be great!!
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It would be helpful if you could post pictures of the movement (the "works") and markings stamped inside of the case (you can ignore any "hand-scratched" characters, they're watch repairers' marks), the clearer and sharper, the better. Other pictures will help a little, but these are the most important. We should be able to identify it by the correct serial number and shape of the plates. In trying to open the watch, you might find the information in "How To Open A Pocket Watch Case (https://home.comcast.net/~k_singer/Opening_Pocket_Watch_Cases__k.htm)" useful.
To post an image, scroll to the top of the thread and click on "FAQ," then scroll down to "vBulletin FAQ" and click on the "How to post images." Once in the "How to post images" box, go about halfway down to the statement "There are two ways to attach images while editing a post on the message board." and follow the instructions there. Note that there is no indication of attaching a file (picture) until you go to actually post your thread or your reply. The picture does not show up in the "Instant Reply" text box in which you've written your thread or your reply, nor does the picture appear in the "Preview." Once you see an indication in the "Manage Attachments" box that your files were uploaded, be sure to submit the post from which you opened the "Manage Attachments" box. If you don't, your files will not really be uploaded. You can test your efforts in the Just Practicing and Learning Forum (http://mb.nawcc.org/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=-1&f=28). If you have a problem getting the picture(s) to load, check your file size and make sure that it is less than 500Kb. If it is, it should load to be posted. Too large of a file size is probably the most common problem in trying to upload a picture.
Its also helpful if you can post all the markings that are on the movement (the "works") in case they can't be seen in the picture(s).
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