- Dec 4, 2009
Good info about one Abe Lincoln watch here in new posting. There were others but I guess still not identified. 1923 Waltham ad shown here shows open face silver model 57 as a user. artbissell
As near as I know, it is still missing. Probably owned by a Lincolnian Collector. If it shows up, it should have DFH engraved on it along with the case serial no. E279 and of course the movement # 67613. The last time I've seen it sold was by Parke-Bernet Galleries in New York City on February 20, 1952. I occasionally check the auctions of Lincoln artifacts, so far, no luck.
So, is this like the new horological holy grail then, or is there a bigger one?
In terms of American watches, it's really just another '57 model Waltham Ellery, albeit one with a very interesting provenance and of course very valuable as a result of that.
In horological terms, IMO, it's not a very interesting watch. To "scratch the surface" of American horological holy grails, see the last couple of Bonhams sales(and I know that there are a lot of other even better watches in private collections).
A "holy grail" 57 from a watch collectors' stand point would be the one reported American Watch Company grade 57.