Waltham 18-Size PS Bartlett, Silver Swingout Case C-1879 Item #13199 Price $575
Untouched for maybe a 100 years!
This Waltham comes in a rarely seen and very collectable swing out coin silver case, made by Fahys. The serial number puts it at 1879, or 139 years old! Think about that: 139 years ago, this watch was made. The Civil War was barely behind us. There were no cars, electric lights, planes, or much else that we consider to be of the modern age. But America was making watches, and those watches were so good that with proper restoration they can perform every bit as good today as the day they were made. Talk about American manufacturing, quality, and ingenuity! We taught the world how to make watches by machine, and this watch is a nice example of that accomplishment.
This particular watch is grade P.S. Bartlett. Named after one of the founding employees of the Waltham Watch Factory (he later left Waltham and went to work for Elgin). It features 15 jewels – high grade for the time. It is key wind from the back and key set from the front, the swing out case comes in handy here – you can swing the watch out and set the hands as well as wind the watch without having to remove a bezel.
The entire watch weighs 6.3 ounces. It has a very thick glass crystal that will remain on the watch. The hands are not original, and we do have an original hand set for this watch, which will be installed along with the restoration. We would also suggest no polishing and only hand cleaning the case.
The photos below are of the watch in its current, unrestored state. No polishing or refinishing has been done.
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.