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A couple of weeks ago an acquaintance of mine started a thread about "The Fighting Man's Watch" and within it there was an ad for Waltham watches from 1917. One of the Walthams in the ad had eluded me for many years, that is until now! I finally got my hands on one, it was in REALLY bad condition when it first arrived with MANY issues. Broken mainspring, fouled hairspring, missing crystal, bad re-lum job on the dial and on the hands, a stripped case back, case damage and so on. The biggest issue was the machined 14k yellow gold filled case back. Somebody over the years did not know exactly what this watch was and how rare it truly is. This is a SEMI-HERMETIC case! I have seen MANY of these watches before but NEVER one that was SEMI-HERMETIC ! ! ! I was absolutely blown away by this when it first arrived but then my joy soon turned into agony, somebody over the years did not realize that the case back and bezel screw on and off. So they pried the case back open ! ! ! ! The threading was completely ruined. Those of you who know about semi-hermetic case know that these are EXTREMELY difficult to re-thread and sometimes it's just a lost cause. But, I took the case over to James & Sons and they were able to re-thread the case back for me! I was absolutely elated!!! The details: 1916 Waltham, 7 jewels, serial number 20392981, grade 360, size 3/0s, model 1907, original enamel military, original skeleton hands, original factory crown. Another thing that makes this watch QUITE SPECIAL is that the inside of the case back is signed WALTHAM, very few American wrist watches were FACTORY CASED back in 1916, this is truly rare ! ! ! As you can see when I started to dis-assemble the watch many parts just started to disintegrate right in my hands, it had definitely seen better days. The lum on the hands just started to crumble off when I removed them so I just decided to restore the entire watch from that point. Another one saved from the scrap bin and brought back to splendor, you MUST have VISION in your watch projects ! ! ! I placed the BEFORE and AFTER pictures side by side so you can really see just how far this Waltham has come along. Click the first picture to enlarge & start the slide show.
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WWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch Restoration
WWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch Restoration
WWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch RestorationWWI Waltham Trench Watch Restoration
 
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