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.

1898 WALTHAM 14K GOLD HUNTING CASE Ornate Antique MULTI COLOR Pocket Watch BUCK
1898 WALTHAM 14K GOLD HUNTING CASE Ornate Antique MULTI COLOR Pocket Watch BUCK
$742.00 (71 Bids)
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Antique 14k gold Waltham pocket watch 12s 15 jewels engraved case
Antique 14k gold Waltham pocket watch 12s 15 jewels engraved case
$599.00
Time Remaining: 1d 7h 37m
WALTHAM DOMINION RAILWAYS MODEL 1883 POCKET WATCH THREE STAR RARITY
WALTHAM DOMINION RAILWAYS MODEL 1883 POCKET WATCH THREE STAR RARITY
$1,600.00
Time Remaining: 5d 14h 1m
Waltham Crescent St UP DOWN 16 size Wind Indicator
Waltham Crescent St UP DOWN 16 size Wind Indicator
$650.00
Time Remaining: 22d 8h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $650.00
Antique RARE Two Star 18s Waltham Santa Fe Route 17 ruby jewel pocket watch 1897
Antique RARE Two Star 18s Waltham Santa Fe Route 17 ruby jewel pocket watch 1897
$539.00
Time Remaining: 5d 15h 22m
FANTASTIC MASSIVE 14k SOLID GOLD 18s WALTHAM 1877 15j HUNTING CASE MINT BEAUTY
FANTASTIC MASSIVE 14k SOLID GOLD 18s WALTHAM 1877 15j HUNTING CASE MINT BEAUTY
$1,275.00 (25 Bids)
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SPECTACULAR 18s 14K SOLID GOLD 1899 BOXED MULTICOLOR WALTHAM HUNTER AWESOME
SPECTACULAR 18s 14K SOLID GOLD 1899 BOXED MULTICOLOR WALTHAM HUNTER AWESOME
$2,026.00 (27 Bids)
Time Remaining: 6d 9h 33m
16S Waltham Wind Indicator Vanguard 23J Pocket Watch
16S Waltham Wind Indicator Vanguard 23J Pocket Watch
$775.00
Time Remaining: 9d 12h 5m
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Solid 14K Waltham c1894 Model 1890 Grade H 6s 11J Hunter Pocket Watch WOW
Solid 14K Waltham c1894 Model 1890 Grade H 6s 11J Hunter Pocket Watch WOW
$700.00
Time Remaining: 13h 46m
1915 Waltham Riverside A 19 Jewel 14 Size Solid 14K Gold Pocket Watch NO RES
1915 Waltham Riverside A 19 Jewel 14 Size Solid 14K Gold Pocket Watch NO RES
$700.00
Time Remaining: 8d 11h 1m
ANTIQUE WALTHAM 14kMULTICOLOR SOLID GOLD WITH DIAMONDS HUNTER CASE POCKET WATCH
ANTIQUE WALTHAM 14kMULTICOLOR SOLID GOLD WITH DIAMONDS HUNTER CASE POCKET WATCH
$1,265.00
Time Remaining: 24d 4h 18m
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WALTHAM GOLD POCKET WATCH
WALTHAM GOLD POCKET WATCH
$890.00
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 26m
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
Time Remaining: 2d 14h 46m
1922 Circa 14 Kt Gold Fancy Etched Octagon Waltham Pocket Watch SERVICED
1922 Circa 14 Kt Gold Fancy Etched Octagon Waltham Pocket Watch SERVICED
$899.99
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BEAUTIFUL RARE WALTHAM 18 sz CRESCENT TWO TONE 21 Jewel Movement Pocket Watch
BEAUTIFUL RARE WALTHAM 18 sz CRESCENT TWO TONE 21 Jewel Movement Pocket Watch
$600.00
Time Remaining: 9d 14h 47m
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Waltham Mass 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch FOUR GENERATIONS of Morgans 1807 1914
Waltham Mass 18K Yellow Gold Pocket Watch FOUR GENERATIONS of Morgans 1807 1914
$650.01 (13 Bids)
Time Remaining: 2d 12h 24m
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
$1,050.00
Time Remaining: 11h 41m
1927 Waltham Maximus Colonial A pocket watch 23j 5 pos adj 14k wh gold 10s
1927 Waltham Maximus Colonial A pocket watch 23j 5 pos adj 14k wh gold 10s
$850.00
Time Remaining: 15h 15m
Vintage American Waltham Pocket Watch 14k Yellow Gold Very Large Hunters Case
Vintage American Waltham Pocket Watch 14k Yellow Gold Very Large Hunters Case
$1,300.00
Time Remaining: 19d 8h 4m
Buy It Now for only: $1,300.00
AMERICAN WALTHAM 18 SZ HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH 14K Y GOLD 15 JEWEL CIRCA 1896
AMERICAN WALTHAM 18 SZ HUNTING CASE POCKET WATCH 14K Y GOLD 15 JEWEL CIRCA 1896
$2,500.00
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