At the end of a year I like to reflect on what I found or discovered over the past 12 months. This year was a good one for me with respect to my various watch research projects. The year saw the publication (finally !) of the long-term research that I undertook with several co-authors on the watches that Waltham made for the E. Howard Watch Co. That felt good to finally see it through. I also acquired some meaningful watches related to my research on Waltham watches for Bigelow, Kennard & Co. and Waltham watches cased by H.W. Matalene. With respect to the latter, I also found some puzzles. This pair of wristwatches, one in gold and one in silver, represent an early attempt at a hermetic wrist watch. The movements are 6/0 Waltham “Ruby” grade but the cases are the puzzle. They are not signed and at this point I am only speculating that they may have come from Matalene’s shop. They are “trench-style” watches that may date from 1918 or 1919. I have discussed these a little in this thread - A very unusual Waltham - circa WWI? Another puzzle relates to these two Waltham 8-day clocks. One is a folding travel clock, cased under one of Matalene’s patents (U.S. Patent No.1,020,770 - March 19, 1912). The second is an easel clock. Most examples of the easel clock include the March 19, 1912 patent date even though the clock does not include the patented design. I know that Matalene was involved in shipping these out to jewelers but I do not yet know how much he had to do with the casing of these clocks, if anything. Research continues. So, what joys or successes did the past year bring you?