Waltham 1888 Model - Special Grade

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  1. Nick23

    Nick23 Registered User

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    I recently acquired this open faced 16 jewelled '88 Special Grade. I had never seen one before, and believe they only made two runs of 100.

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  2. richiec

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    According to records I have found, they made 3400 total, yours was in a run of 300 between Jan and April 1898
     
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  3. Nick23

    Nick23 Registered User

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    Yes, they made a total of 3400, but that included 11, 16 and 17 jewelled movements in open and hunter cases. From the records I have found they only made two hundred 16 jewelled open faced movements.

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  4. topspin

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    Nice purchase anyway, and tastefully recased too.

    I had that one on my Wish List but, well, I can't buy everything. Glad it's gone to a good home.
     
  5. mikeh

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    Nice watch. For what it’s worth... I am not sure about the jeweling or how many were made, but there were also some very similar movements that are listed as ‘No 28’ grade.
     
  6. Nick23

    Nick23 Registered User

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    Thanks topspin. I believe this was another example of a gold case going to the melting pot. The case I have used is from the correct period (within a couple of years) and I have kept the original movement which will stay with the watch should some one in the future want to replace it.

    It will need quite a bit attention as the main spring is broken, the balance staff is broken, the roller jewel is broken and there is a tooth missing on the main wheel. Apart from that it's okay. Oh, and the hands are missing and the dial has the odd hairline
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