Waltham Crescent St.

SaukTronics

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I have a American Waltham Watch Co. Crescent St. made somewhere between December 1892 - June 1894. On the movement instead of having anything Waltham it has another company which I am assuming is a local watch sales place of the time period. I am curious if anyone knows did Waltham sell their movements to local watch places without marking them? It does have a serial number. #5726263 If anyone can tell me more that would be great thanks.

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ben_hutcherson

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What you have is what is known as a private label watch.

Company's policies differed, but generally when ordering a certain quantity of watches the companies were willing to mark the movements and/or dials however the buyer desired. Illinois is probably best known for private labels, but most companies made them(I'd say Hamilton and then Waltham-in particular 1883 models).

Many of us collect private label watches-in fact if you checked my collection you'd see that I probably have more PLs than factory marked watches. I have a couple of interests-regional(Kentucky), specific grades like 18 size Bunns, Bunn Specials, high grade Gettys, and pretty much any high grade Waltham PL.
 

Fred Hansen

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So what is the name/location that is marked on your private label Crescent St?
 

SaukTronics

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Mine is marked with "Clark, Giddings & Co. Sterling, IL" I am actually from Sterling and after doing some research the company was a local watch and jewelry store located here in the late 1800's from what I can tell the Clark part of the company was part of the Clark family from VT and came from the Clark Bros. Co.
 

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