Waltham Model 1883 Grade AmWCo

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  1. reeshenry

    reeshenry New Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    I recently bought a nice looking Waltham; Serial number 7259644 that was Sold as being a Model 1883, Grade AmWCo and dated between 1885-1902!
    The watch works fine and the case is Good, 20 year 10K GF.
    What worries me a "little" is that the 1883 is supposed to be a full-plate, key wind
    yet mine is not, it's a stem wind and I don't think it's 18S looks more like 16S.
    The number is clearly stamped on the movement!
    Thoughts anyone and if it's a Franckenwatch then so be it, but $90 is not a huge amount to waste.

    Phots to follow when I know how but Phots are visible Via the Pocket watch database!
  2. Dave Coatsworth

    Dave Coatsworth Super Moderator
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    Feb 11, 2005
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    Looks like there was a transcription error when the Waltham database was created. The database does indeed say it's a model '83. But, if you look at the underlying data (below), it's a model '88, which is what I suspect you really have.

  3. MrRoundel

    MrRoundel Registered User

    Dec 28, 2010
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    The image of the watch on that database is definitely an '88 model, not an '83. The movement is of perhaps average quality, but the case may be a notch above. It looks to be gold-filled Dennison case. Cases for the '88 are model specific, so it's nice to have the model in a case. I believe that your watch could be one that was made for export. It is on export watches that I usually see Dennison cases. It looks like a nice watch overall. I think you did fine if it's running well. Enjoy.
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