Vintage Watches – Pocket Watches – Collectible Timepieces

Waltham Pocket Watches

The hairspring upon the balance wheel of a watch is similar in function to the effect of gravity upon a pendulum in a clock. A pendulum swings so far to the left or right and is stopped and swung back to the point of impulse by gravity. A hairspring retards the balance wheel of a watch and revolves it back to the point of impulse, which impulse is given by the escapement. Therefore, as the hairspring controls the speed and arc of vibration of the balance, or its resultant, time, it is of the utmost importance to the time-keeping quality of the movement that the balance and hairspring be mated in perfect ratio as to the weight of the balance and the proper relation of that weight to the center of gravity and the strength of the spring.
To determine this absolute ratio, John Logan, a famous Waltham horologist, invented a vibratory machine which so accuracy mates the Waltham balance wheel and the hairspring, so perfectly selects the rightful hairspring for the particular balance wheel, that when finally assembled in the watch the watch is a natural time-keeper. This is one reason why the Waltham watch was famous for its close and constant time-rate.
The foreign watch balance and hairspring are of varying construction. They were made by hand one at a time therefore it is impossible even for a skilled watchmaker to determine the ratio weight of the balance to the strength of the hairspring. Its determination is by the uncertain rule of thumb method in trying various hairsprings until one is found which approximately performs its function. This is yet another reason why the Waltham watch, due to standardized exclusive machinery, standardized material, absolute measurement and known ratios, is the watch you should buy. And why the world's leading horologists came to Waltham for time.

RARE  Massive 84Gr 54 Dwt 14k Gold Waltham Antique 18size pocket watch case
RARE Massive 84Gr 54 Dwt 14k Gold Waltham Antique 18size pocket watch case
$510.00 (34 Bids)
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1908 Waltham Colonial Maximus Pocket Watch 23 Jewels 12S 14k Gold Working Cond
1908 Waltham Colonial Maximus Pocket Watch 23 Jewels 12S 14k Gold Working Cond
$500.00
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MAGNIFICENT 14K GOLD 21j BOXED MULTICOLOR WALTHAM HUNTER A NEAR PERFECT WATCH
MAGNIFICENT 14K GOLD 21j BOXED MULTICOLOR WALTHAM HUNTER A NEAR PERFECT WATCH
$1,085.00 (31 Bids)
Time Remaining: 18h 39m
AMERICAN WALTHAM SANTA FE ROUTE RARE 17 JEWEL
AMERICAN WALTHAM SANTA FE ROUTE RARE 17 JEWEL
$595.00
Time Remaining: 29d 14h 5m
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Waltham 7J 18K Gold Wm Ellery Pocket Watch
Waltham 7J 18K Gold Wm Ellery Pocket Watch
$1,100.00
Time Remaining: 6d 12h 37m
Rare 1919 Waltham Riverside Maximus M1908 16s 23J Wind Ind GF Pocket Watch
Rare 1919 Waltham Riverside Maximus M1908 16s 23J Wind Ind GF Pocket Watch
$1,995.00
Time Remaining: 3d 1h 51m
Vintage Waltham Riverside Maximus 23 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch
Vintage Waltham Riverside Maximus 23 Jewel Railroad Pocket Watch
$525.00
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WALTHAM VANGUARD 23 JEWEL UP DOWN WIND INDICATOR POCKET WATCH W LOSSIER HAIRSPR
WALTHAM VANGUARD 23 JEWEL UP DOWN WIND INDICATOR POCKET WATCH W LOSSIER HAIRSPR
$975.00
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WALTHAM GOLD POCKET WATCH
WALTHAM GOLD POCKET WATCH
$1,500.00
Time Remaining: 5d 18h 47m
Waltham USA Sales Man Sample Pocket Watch 16 a 17 Jewel Rare Double Signed Case
Waltham USA Sales Man Sample Pocket Watch 16 a 17 Jewel Rare Double Signed Case
$500.00
Time Remaining: 3d 10h 51m
Waltham 14k Gold Antique Riverside 23 Jewels Runs Perfect Rare Watch
Waltham 14k Gold Antique Riverside 23 Jewels Runs Perfect Rare Watch
$999.95
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Vintage Waltham 23 Jewels Up and Down Indicator Pocket Watch
Vintage Waltham 23 Jewels Up and Down Indicator Pocket Watch
$1,800.00
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VERY RARE 1859 Waltham S18 Appleton Tracy 18J W AT Coin Case Ser6141
VERY RARE 1859 Waltham S18 Appleton Tracy 18J W AT Coin Case Ser6141
$1,100.00
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Authentic 1864 Waltham Civil War Keywind Wm Ellery Pocket Watch Solid Silver
Authentic 1864 Waltham Civil War Keywind Wm Ellery Pocket Watch Solid Silver
$519.00
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EXCLUSIVELY RARE ANTIQUE 1800S VAMPIRE SLAYING KIT W 1877 WALTHAM POCKET WATCH
EXCLUSIVELY RARE ANTIQUE 1800S VAMPIRE SLAYING KIT W 1877 WALTHAM POCKET WATCH
$1,820.00
Time Remaining: 4d 9h 47m
Antique 16S Waltham Pocket Watch 14K Solid Gold Runs 98 grams 45 6
Antique 16S Waltham Pocket Watch 14K Solid Gold Runs 98 grams 45 6
$1,199.95
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Antique AWCo Waltham Coin Silver Pocket Watch
Antique AWCo Waltham Coin Silver Pocket Watch
$599.99
Time Remaining: 9d 10h 29m
Stunning WALTHAM 14K Yellow GOLD 17j OCTAGON Shape Open Face Pocket Watch c1921
Stunning WALTHAM 14K Yellow GOLD 17j OCTAGON Shape Open Face Pocket Watch c1921
$694.03
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14k Waltham Open Face Ladies pocket watch c 1900 working Original case
14k Waltham Open Face Ladies pocket watch c 1900 working Original case
$900.00
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1901 14K Yellow Gold American Waltham Seaside 15 Jewel Pocket Watch
1901 14K Yellow Gold American Waltham Seaside 15 Jewel Pocket Watch
$649.00
Time Remaining: 1d 16h 43m

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