$ waltham 21 jewel 1883

dennismonahan

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only non tu-tone 21 jewel1883 I have seen. Its serial number puts it in a run of only 200 and only 700 of the 21 jewel specials were made, all the watches I have seen from the other runs were tu-tone. So maybe only 200 made in the regular nickel finish:???: The watch is not in great shape as it has a non matching upper escape wheel jewel and runs OK face down and not at all face up. Any opinions on what it might be worth?

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dennismonahan

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thanks Fred, and with the serial numbers from the American watch tread I really think this first run of 21 jewel 83's may have all been nickel finish!
 

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It definitely seems possible. If so that would make a potential 200 made with nickel finish and 500 made with two-tone finish. So the nickel has the edge in rarity but to be fair I think an excellent condition two-tone has the edge in eye appeal ... so this may make them somewhat of a wash in terms of pricing.
 

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Hi, Therefore the question is, which would the collector like more--eye appeal or rarity?;)
A serious 1883 model waltham collector probably would go for one of each!:D
 
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Jon Hanson

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Dennis, are you an 1883 model specialist? Have you seen the award winning 1883 model Waltham poster created by NAWCC Chapter 149?
 

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