It is also worth pointing out that in times of recession the value of all antiques tends to fall. That is simply because disposable income is not so readily available for people to splash out on luxuries. In a strange way though that creates a good buying market, in terms of a longer term investment. It also has the reverse effect of making it a bad time to sell your Waltham watch. For now though you are probably more interested in being able to identify if you actually have a genuine one.
How To Identify A Genuine Waltham Pocket WatchAll these watches were made between the years of 1851 and 1957 when the Waltham factory closed. As a simple rule of thumb, the older the watch, then the more value it will tend to have. They made these watches in three basic types which are:
- Hunter Case
- Open Face
The Hunter style case is also called a closed watch as a case will cover the face of the watch.
The open face as the name would suggest simply has an open face, and you will find the winder for the watch positioned at the 12 o'clock position.
The sidewinder is also an open face but the winder in this case is positioned at the 3 o'clock position.
|The Waltham Sidewinder|
Markings Found On A Waltham WatchUsually there are markings on the face of the watch, but for now, let's have a look at the movement. You will need to open the back cover of your watch to do this. Normally this can be done using your finger nail. However if it is too tight, then use a stiff plastic lever to open it. It can also be done with a pen knife, but just be careful not to cause any damage. Here is a link to an article that tells you how to open a Waltham pocket watch.
On the actual movement you should then see "A.W.W.Co" and "Waltham, Mass." That is the quickest way to find out what type of watch you have and if it is indeed a Waltham. There is usually the grade marking on there as well such as Riverside, though that may not always be there.
You should also find a serial number and when you have this, it can be plugged into a table to determine the year of manufacture.
The Cover of Your Waltham WatchIf your watch has a cover you should find "AWco" on the inside, if in fact the case was made by Waltham. Many movements were of course made by Waltham, however, they did not make all the cases. In the early days especially, customers bought the movement and then took it to a jeweller to have a case made for it. This was in fact a great way for them to display their wealth.
Here is a video on how to go about identifying pocket watches in general.