There was no higher status symbol of finance and business before the advent of Rolls-Royce and Pierce-Arrow automobiles than a heavy gold watch. On a quiet night this 115-year-old survivor can tell you of times past, before the days of Guglielmo Marconi's new-fangled wireless and William Howard Taft's obscure single presidential term in office.
American Waltham made some of the best designs of the railroad era - watches that not only were beautiful with tight tolerances and superior alloys - but were easy to service and made up of many components that couldn't get mixed up. Their 16-size Model '99 was introduced just before the turn of the century and was the platform for dozens of grades, lasting for well over a decade. The 15-jewel Grade 620 was an ideal carry watch and a common one, so parts are easily obtainable, and this one still retains all of its original jeweling and was just serviced with a thorough cleaning. The correct red and black Roman-numeral dial is flawless behind blued light spade hands, and the 20-year gold-filled Philadelphia case is in great shape with tight hinges, a blank shield and cuvette, a French bow, a sharp crown, and a glass crystal that still shows glue residue all these years later. Matching lanyard and display stand included.
Manufacturer - American Waltham
Serial Number - 15749916
Watch Size - 16
Watch Model - 1899
Watch Grade - 620
Jewel Count - 15
Winding/Setting - Stem/Pendant
Production Year - 1908
Make sure to tether your watches to prevent drops and store them safely when you're not carrying one.
This compact mahogany chest has three felt-lined cedar trays that can hold twelve of the larger 18-size watches. Inventory card included.
A two-tone 12-inch brown leather strap with russet as the accent stripe with a pair of brass ferrules and a matching spring-loaded swivel snap.