Imagine a spring-powered antique from the previous century to tell you the time instead of the battery-powered phone that will likely be in a landfill within a few years. There's also the fascination of tiny gears, moving parts, and the ticking that's like a quiet pulse. The best part is the amount of history in this piece, which has been steadily marking each hour of the past 127 years.
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The American Waltham Co was well known for superb designs that were both clever and simple at the same time, requiring fewer parts that other brands used to accomplish the same thing, including screws and components that couldn't get mixed up by accident, making them very easy to service. Their 16-size Model 1888 was the successor to the earlier Model 1872, so it was very similar, except that the M88 was pendant-set - the factory's first watch with this new innovation. It was a detent stem that had to be released from inside the movement, which was slightly larger than a standard 16-size watch, so the cases had to be a special size. This all-original 17-jewel combination was just fully restored with an NOS mainspring and a thorough cleaning, with brass jewel settings on exceptionally clean plates. The original dial is flawless behind light spade hands, and the Fahy's nickel-silver case is in fantastic shape with a mirror smooth rear cover, no initials, a sharp crown, and new glass.
Manufacturer - Waltham
Serial Number - 6125286
Watch Size - 16
Watch Model - 1888
Watch Grade - Royal
Jewel Count - 17
Winding/Setting - Stem/Pendant
Production Year - 1895
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