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Waltham Model 1872 & 1888 PL Challenge - Are there any private labels out there?

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Hard to tell from the photos but the enamel looks very questionable and possibly non-factory. Some photos depict there is the appearance of an adhesive around the perimeter of the enamel?
I can see some little filled in touch ups on the edge of the enamel by the looks...I think that is all it is(some white out or similar). It does look quality and original to me, the case gold patterning has allowed for the enameling. Plus they do love their floral and fancy embellishments on many Southern countries in the Americas.
 

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That's a sharp looking movement and PL nice find.


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Hi Phil, I have no specific info on whether or not these were made as PL's, but I do know that the highly regarded poet Lord Alfred Tennyson died in late 1892, and his "Complete Works" were published in 1894, which parallel the dates on these watches. So lacking any other info I'd speculate that they may have been Waltham made memorials to the beloved poet - but I have no real proof either way. And as far as the addresses, etc., I've seen PL's done every which way, with and without.
Way off the topic, but here is a great performer, Loreena McKennitt, singing my favorite Tennyson poem, the The Lady of Shalott, with musical accompaniment:



You can "Skip" the ads at the beginning of the Youtube.
 
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I bought that CD/album when it came out



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