American WALTHAM Watch Co 'Vanguard' No 16126127


£ 645.00

Top quality 23-jewel watch, the American case with rare English 1908 import hallmark.

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Heavy ‘swing-ring’ American silver openface case with screw bezel by the Keystone Watch Case Co, also bearing English import hallmarks for 1908 on case, bezel and bow. Model 1892, 18-size keyless, nickel damascened, pendant-set movement, jewelled to the centre in raised gold settings, with diamond endstones both ends of the balance arbor. Club-tooth lever escapement with steel escape. Compensation balance, overcoil balance-spring. Unusual signed, double-sunk enamel dial with 24-hour indication, blued-steel hands. 58 mm diameter.

American Waltham Watch Company. Waltham, USA. One of the pre-eminent manufactures of machine-made watches, about whom much has been written and whose reputation is second to none.

The Keystone Watch Case Company, Riverside Works, Riverside, New Jersey, one of the largest and best respected of American watch case manufacturers.

Dial with repairs near 4 and 5 and to the edge at 9 (original Waltham replacement dials are available). Otherwise in very good condition, the lightly engine-turned case showing few signs of wear, and the only American case I can ever remember bearing English import hallmarks. Cleaned and working well.