Waltham Guru's--HELP!

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  1. Kenny S.

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    So I've decided to give my adult children pocket watches for Christmas this year. Since I'm a Waltham fanboy the selection of manufacturer was a no brainer. It's even more fun since Waltham named their models for the year of patent, so since my first was born in 1983, he gets a Waltham '83. My second was born in 1988, yep he's getting a sweet '88. (I'll post pics if you want)

    My problem is, my daughter was born the very next year, 1989. Now, I don't want to give her the same watch as her brother, so do I give her a '92? Or was there a ladies model that I don't know about that was made in 1889?

    Any and all help/suggestions are always welcome.
    Thanks in advance,

    --Kenny
     
  2. 60MinuteMan

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    if nothig comes up, you might have more options if you go by production dates rather than model number.
    I know thats a step down but it's a thought. In any case that's a nice gesture on your part, enjoy !
     
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  3. Kenny S.

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    I have considered this. In fact, the whole idea started here with a friends watch. It just happens to work perfectly for 2 of my 3 kids by 1 century.
     
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    #4 topspin, Oct 17, 2020
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    Yes there is a Waltham model 1889. We're not exactly swimming in them but it's not exactly rare, either.

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    P.S. If you're going to buy one (yes they are obtainable) then you should first buy one that is still in a case. Not a good idea to buy up a loose movement and then try to case it.
    P.P.S. If I am remembering correctly, there are at least 2 flavours of '1889' with different plate layouts. The ones with a star on the back plate get an extra point for interestingness.
     
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    Ha! Awesome! Thanks Topspin, I use Tom's website for s/n lookups but hadn't used the search feature yet. Thanks for the headsup. I'll start looking.
     
  6. Jerry Treiman

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    Since the 1889 model is a 6-size watch, that is perfect for your daughter. Be aware, though, that one of the 1873-model plate patterns is almost identical. You have to pay attention to the location of the escape wheel pivot to tell the difference.
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    Kenny, if you adopt me, I won't care what Waltham you give me :chuckling:
     
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    As always Jerry, your input is is invaluable. I would not have picked up on that slight difference. Thanks.
     
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    Kenny, I was born in 1953 but you can give me an 1872 American grade in a 14K case, I'm not picky.
     
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    I was just gonna ask you for your address and send this to you, but it's just coin silver, not 14k. Sorry.

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    Honest, I'm not picky, Tom McIntyre handcuffed his collection to his wrist when he did a presentation for our chapter so I couldn't sneak into his room at night and "borrow" a few. I am envious, just can't seem to rationalize spending the money to get a cased '72 these days when people are selling 7 jewel, 12 size movements for $60 and not working.
     
  12. 60MinuteMan

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    Just thinking when this is all said and done, it would make for a neat family photo, everyone sporting their watches.
     
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