Description

Manufactured by the Waltham Watch Co. – Railroad Grade – Crescent St.
Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 20131149
Grade: Crescent St.
Model: 1908
Estimated Production Year: 1915
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 88,200
Size: 16s
Jewels: 23j
Movement Configuration: Open face
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Hairspring: Lossier
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Yes

Waltham Railroad Grade Crescent St. with Up/Down Wind Indicator Housed in Mainliner Case

In 1915 WWI had just started overseas, the first United States coast-to-coast long-distance telephone call was facilitated by Alexander Graham Bell using vacuum tubes. Charlie Chaplin’s film The Tramp was released, and this Crescent St. rolled off the production line in Waltham, Massachusetts, at the Waltham Watch Company’s historic factory.

The design of this watch was prized for its steadfast adherence to the strict safety regulations required of the railroad industry. As a result, Waltham’s Crescent St. were put into service as quickly as they were produced.

Railroad employees often paid for these watches on terms and used them in the rigorous day-to-day life on the rails. Little did they realize an essential piece of equipment for their jobs would someday become a highly sought-after collectible. Because these Vanguards were put into service it is rare to find one in excellent condition, and that’s what makes this such an exciting piece.

This early Waltham Vanguard features the rare Up/Down Wind Indicator, showing how much mainspring is let on each wind.  Housed in a high-grade Keystone/J.Boss 10k gold fill Mainliner case, 23 jewel movement, gorgeous dial, and railroad-style hands all in excellent condition.

When you hold this watch in your hand, you can feel the weight of history, the passage of time. That it still exists in such excellent condition speaks to the indomitable spirit of humanity, pressing on into adversity, into time, standing as a testament to those who came before us.

$2,475

1 in stock

DETAILS

Overall Condition: Excellent
Case: Keystone J.Boss 10k Yellow gold fill, small ding on bow – excellent
Dial: Enamel triple sunk, few minor craze lines – excellent
Movement: Excellent

Warranty: Full one-year warranty.
Service: All our treasured timepieces are completely disassembled, expertly cleaned, and oiled using the finest quality watch oil and gear grease and adjusted for accuracy.
Included with all orders: quality gift box, velvet pouch, tarnish-free paper, display stand (pictured), and polishing cloth

Orders under: $2,500 are shipped USPS Priority Mail with signature confirmation.
Orders over: $2,500 are shipped FedEx Overnight with signature confirmation.

Description

Manufactured by the Waltham Watch Co. – Railroad Grade – Crescent St.
Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 20131149
Grade: Crescent St.
Model: 1908
Estimated Production Year: 1915
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 88,200
Size: 16s
Jewels: 23j
Movement Configuration: Open face
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: 3/4 Plate
Hairspring: Lossier
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Adjusted # of Positions: 6
Railroad Grade: Yes
Wind Indicator Available: Yes
Wind Indicator Present: Yes