Waltham 18-Size P.S. Bartlett Key Wind #13181 Price $475
C-1873, this 18-Size Waltham Keywind pocketwatch is housed in a Coin Silver Hunter case in EXCEPTIONAL condition, certainly so given it’s 143 years old!!! This one hits all the notes: A heavy Coin Silver case, very solidly made. Its hinges are all nice and tight. It also features a hinged bezel with a period-correct glass crystal (hinged for accessing the center square to change the time). The American-made case is stamped “Waranteed Coin Silver” inside the lid and caseback. The button that releases the front cover does have some wear to it. Both the catch and lift spring function correctly – pretty rare to have both working this well at this age! The case has not been polished in probably a couple of generation and has plenty of rich patina. It is best to keep it that way!
It features a very nice looking Waltham signed porcelain dial, with one very minor chip under the bezel at the edge at 5 can’t really be seen, but is there. The rest of the dial looks great. The hands are original blued steel and are correct for the time period.
The watch is powered by a Waltham signed, P.S. Bartlett grade movement, one of Waltham’s better grades from the time period. 700K serial number dates this watch to 1873! All screws are blued steel and with their rounded tops, look correct for the period. We have not disassembled the movement, but it looks to be 15 jewels. It has a bimetallic split balance with gold timing screws. The movement is completely original with all of its original parts including its key guide. Many have this part missing or other parts missing or changed by this point. Not this watch, very nice.
The price includes full restoration and repair. The work will be performed after purchase. This entails proper service of the movement, a new mainspring, and anything else that would be necessary to bring the watch into proper working order.
Once you've made your purchase, please contact us so we may discuss the restoration.
Please allow 1-2 weeks after purchase for service to be completed.
Our goal is to achieve what we refer to as "Sympathetic Restoration"; in other words, bringing the watch back as close as possible to its original appearance without the need to remove all signs of its former life. We don't want to dramatically change its history.
During the restoration, we only use we only use period-correct parts, and in most cases, genuine factory parts from the same time period as the watch.