Park Road

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  1. ben_hutcherson

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    I just acquired two of these movements(both in 1872-style coin cases!) and just had some idle curiosity about them.

    I know from reading the Oct. 1996 bulletin article on the 1872 model that this was the second grade introduced, after the Am'n. grade, and had a relatively brief run in the big picture of the 1872 model.

    I'm just curious how it fits into the overall 1872 line-up in terms of quality, however. Reading the 1874 catalog in my Ehrhardt encyclopedia Vol. 1, its price in a 2 1/2 oz. 18K case is higher than both the 1857 AT&Co and 1870 Crescent Street in a similar weight case. So, it seems as though Waltham considered at that time as a better grade watch than either of these. Since there are no other 1872s listed in that catalog, however, I can't directly compare them.

    The ones I have lack some of the niceties often associated with the better grade '72s, such as the tadpole regulator and individual numbered and screwed down pillars. They certainly seem like a nicely finished movement, though, and the gilding seems better than many lower grade watches from this period.

    I'd appreciate any comments and discussion on this.
     
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    This one fits in very well in terms of quality, because it is running nicely after a recent service.
    This is more than I can say for 2 orphan Riversides I have here, for which no replacement balance staff of the correct size could be found.

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    The pictured watch is from the second run of Park Road that have lost the nice exposed winding click. There were a number of short runs made later which you can find by searching NAWCC-Info.

    The Park Roads have always seemed to me to be intended for the English market, but I do not have any evidence to support that view.
     
  4. ben_hutcherson

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    Since posting this 8 years ago, I've managed to assemble a set of a decent number of early-ish Park Roads.

    IIRC(I'll check tomorrow) all the first runs have the exposed click while second run is hit or miss. Specifically, I know when I was assembling the set I have, I looked for both first and second run examples-first run was easy since I only had to look for lever set and button/nail set, while for the second run I needed four different ones(exposed button, exposed lever, hidden button, hidden lever). It's been a while since I've even looked at that tray of watches, so I don't seem to recall if I managed to get all 6 or not.

    I'll try to photograph them tomorrow, with apologies ahead of time for the fact that some of the movements I have as representative samples are a bit rough around the edges.
     
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  5. ben_hutcherson

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    Just looked and 750,104 is exposed click and lever set. I don't have any other 750,xxx watches close at hand to check.

    Also, 625,115 and 663 are both push-set and or course exposed click.
     

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