American Waltham was the first company to produce a watch entirely by machine, tracing its roots back to 1850 with three Massachusetts businessmen who would apply Honoré Blanc's method of gunsmithing in the late 1700s to the American cottage industry of watchmaking - the concept of interchangeable parts.
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American Waltham's new 18-size Model '92 was conceived in 1892 but not offered to the public until the bugs had been worked out a couple years later. It was initially called the Vanguard, but that name eventually became just one of the six grades that rounded out the line. The company decided to name one of the other five grades the Crescent Street after the factory location, which would become one of the largest buildings in the country for a time. The Crescent Street was offered in four jewel counts of 17 to 23, and the 19-jewel variant was fairly uncommon. All of the factory jewels on this freshly-restored example are still intact, still in their gold settings on exceptionally clean plates. All of the hardware is matching and correct, it still has its original dust band, and the flawless Arabic double-sunk dial and blued spade hands are both matching and correct. The 25-year smooth gold-filled Keystone case is in great condition with covers that thread on easily and a new beveled glass crystal. Matching lanyard and display stand included.
Manufacturer - American Waltham
Serial Number - 11059224
Watch Size - 18
Watch Model - 1892
Watch Grade - Crescent Street
Jewel Count - 19
Winding/Setting - Stem/Lever
Production Year - 1901
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