An unusual dial Waltham

Shawn Moulder

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When it comes to American made wristwatches it's unusual to see factory dials with gem stones set into them, and the ones you do see are usually jobber cased watches that are not factory. Hamilton is one of the few American watch companies to offer factory dials with diamonds set into them. On the other hand Waltham produce two versions of the Hubbard that offered a factory sapphire dial in yellow gold and a ruby dial in a rose gold case. (Both versions that I have seen either have faceted or cabochon stones on the dial). Recently I came across an unusual Waltham watch that had a rudy factory dial. The watch is cased in a yellow gold with cabochon rubies that mark some of the dial markers. In all my years of collecting this is the first ruby dial Waltham that uses a 6/0 movement versus the Hubbard which uses a 8 ligne movement.

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Jerry Treiman

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Based on both case and dial I believe your watch is the "Albright" as shown in the Gilbert et al Price Guide. This has a 6 /0 movement with the #6014-A dial, as shown in Waltham's 1948 material catalog. This dial has only 8 "stones". The Hubbard uses the cal.870 movement and a dial with 13 stones (dial #8041).
 
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Shawn Moulder

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Thanks to Jerry Treiman I found out what model my Waltham is. Here are some pictures of my two Waltham Hubbard in my collection that show the similarities between the "Albright" that I currently acquired.

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Shawn Moulder

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In the picture below is a comparison of two Waltham Hubbard ruby dials. The left contains cabochon cut rubies while the right contains faceted rubies (it's hard to tell but one can notice the brilliance of the faceted cut rubies versus the cabochon ones).

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