Waltham premier ladies wrist watch

schleems18

Registered User
Oct 14, 2021
91
48
18
36
Country
Region
Hi, can anyone help me out with this watch? It is very small, roughly the size of a dime. Not the original band, thanks. 668969006-1.jpg IMG_20220619_185135.jpg
 

schleems18

Registered User
Oct 14, 2021
91
48
18
36
Country
Region
I'm not sure, t was my great grandmother's watch. I believe that is what's on her wrist in this picture. Would you happen to know what numbers on the movement are in reference to the caliber? Or otherwise?

669511990.jpg
 

EscapeWheel

Registered User
Mar 19, 2003
577
117
43
Country
Region
Of course, the long number (29885552) is the serial number which appears to put the watch at 1938. The 870 (if I'm seeing that correctly) would probably be the movement caliber, but when I look them both up I get a men's 870 that looks a whole lot like your teeny tiny ladies' movement.
Hopefully someone else will come along and clear this up.
 

Jerry Treiman

NAWCC Member
Golden Circle
Aug 25, 2000
7,205
4,537
113
Los Angeles, CA
Country
Region
At 8-3/4 lignes, the model 870 would have been a ladies' watch, as yours clearly is. It was made in various grades, up to a 21-jewel model.
 

schleems18

Registered User
Oct 14, 2021
91
48
18
36
Country
Region
It was previously mentioned and I've noticed, that sub seconds seems quite unusual. Did the model 870 all have sub seconds and I've just not noticed? The 21j version I assume did as well? It is a 14k white gold case, it made no mention of solid, rolled, or filled. I should have taken a picture of inside the case back, it wasn't a case maker I had heard of before. Thanks for all the info, much appreciated.
 

Jerry Treiman

NAWCC Member
Golden Circle
Aug 25, 2000
7,205
4,537
113
Los Angeles, CA
Country
Region
Waltham's material catalog (1948) showed a wide variety of dials for the model 870. Some have sub-seconds and some do not.
 

Forum statistics

Threads
175,124
Messages
1,531,630
Members
52,577
Latest member
richarddhart
Encyclopedia Pages
1,063
Total wiki contributions
2,972
Last update
-