At first glance it does look 95% similar to a Waltham 1888, however this is really not unusual (in old watches from other random manufacturers.)
So I will take a guess - "Swiss fake" - while we wait for more opinions. Any chance of a photo of the dial?
The latest addition to the collection is also now the oldest. Model 1870-14 grade Adams St from July 1874, it has come to me inhabiting an "A W Co" sterling silver case.
Running nicely. But I ought to sort out something better than a paperclip to attach the key to it with...
Just to echo what's been said above -
Most of these watches are fixable. Parts, and spares movements, are generally available.
If you do want one, some, or all of your watches to be running, then you can either
Buy watches which are already running (ideally having been recently serviced),
I would like to see an international version of the guide, as in, "Here's how likely you are to find such-and-such a watch if you only look in country X, Y, or Z."
Even if 10000 examples of a given watch were produced but none of them originally retailed here, then I'll still only stand a...
Any "RR standard" watch (or should we say, "widely accepted into RR service at the time it was made") is highly regarded, both as a timepiece and as a collectible. "Really good RR standard" is the best tautology I've seen all week.
However, if what you really wanted is a " good solid work-a-day...
Here I have what might be a "Monroe". I say "might be" because the plate shape/layout does not match any Illinois that I have previously seen. Close, but no cigar.
As you can see, it has finished up as a sidewinder, wearing a Waltham 12s dial of all things. What should I do with it to make it...
The term Frankenwatch is not usually used to describe an awkward recase. ("Marriage watch" comes to mind for that.) Frankenwatch is usually used to describe a watch where someone has taken parts from one (usually low-grade & broken) watch to repair a more desirable, different model/grade of...
Returning to the other question in the original post -
As to where you want to shop, depends on your budget, and what you are looking for, and your level of knowledge, and how much time you're willing to spend, and how far you're willing to travel, and so on.
So, there's a lot of places you...
Yes - according to the lookup http://nawccinfo.nawcc.org/LookupSN.php
there are something like 8000 of them - across 3 jewel counts, 4 grades, 22 runs.
But the picture of 1073611 looks like a keywind to me, albeit cased with stem/bow at 12.
Thank you for the new word in my vocabulary "bucolic". How can it be, I wonder, that a word which so closely resembles "bubonic" and "colic", actually means something nice?
As for the building - given that it is more tall & pointy than the others around it, I'd say this is supposed to be the...
If not, then -
You could post a list of all the old terms, and we can all join in with solving the crossword.
Here's a couple that I'm familiar with, to start us off -
The "church model" is an 1883, and the 14-size "FP" model is an 1876.