Hi Cincinnati:

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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). There is also a Glossary of the terms provided by the serial number lookup. Note: When a number appears by itself in the Comment Column, it is the page in the factory serial list where the entry appeared. i.e. "Comment 42" is on page 42 of ďSerial Numbers With Description of Waltham Watch Movements,Ē Waltham Watch Co., Waltham, MA, 1954, (commonly referred to as "The Gray Book"). Should the date not be listed in the search of the NAWCC Information Storage - Waltham Serial Number Data Base, Oldwatch.com's Waltham Production Date Chart, or the PocketWatchSite's Waltham Date Table are a means for determining the approximate production date.

Having done so, it appears that your watch is a Bond St. grade. This is a 14-size, 7-jewel movement, fitted with an expansion balance but is unadjusted. It was made in 1888 or 1889.

As it says in the upper left-hand corner of this page, we donít provide timepiece values. However, knowing the proper description of your watch, by using a Google Search you should be able to find similar watches offered by internet dealers, or on eBay, and see what they are selling for. Alternately, check the value in the "Complete Price Guide to Watches, No 25," C. Shugart, T. Engle and R. Gilbert, Cooksey Shugart Publications, Cleveland, TN, 2005. A new edition comes out each year in February. The book is available at libraries, most major bookstores and online at the NAWCC Gift Shop. The No 24 (the 2004) edition is shown, but contact them and ask for No. 25.

Although we can't discuss actual values, I can say this:

Your watch is a very modest one. If one were to consider all jeweled watch movements as being separated into three grade groups; low; medium; and high; then this movement can be considered to be in the middle-to-bottom end of the low grade group. Depending upon the gold content of the case, it may be worth more than the movement. However, as a family heirloom, its actual value goes far beyond what the general public would be willing to pay for an antique watch.

If you are going to keep and carry the watch, Ed Ueberall, of The Escapement has put together some notes on the Use And Care of Your Vintage Watch that should be helpful.

Good luck,