First Post and a Question About my Grandfather's Watch

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First Post and a Question About my Grandfather's Watch

#1 Post by AFR » Tue May 08, 2018 12:02 pm

Hi all!
First time poster, and wanted to say hello and see if I could maybe get a bit of info. on my grandfather's old pocket watch.
He arrived here in New York City from Belarus in 1922. Like many immigrants, he worked for years, went to school, got married, raised a family, and worked his way up. Along the way, he purchased for himself a pocket watch, which is engraved with his initials on the back. He was never a showy guy, so it goes without say this was the flashiest thing he owned!
After he passed away, in 1978, my father was given the watch by my dad's mother, and in turn, when my dad passed away a few years ago, it wound up in my hands. I've been a watch-collector for a number of years now, but, specifically, vintage Rolex references from the 60s and 70s. I've tried to do some research on the pocket watch, but it was difficult pinpointing the period. Making it more difficult is that I have no documentation from when my grandfather purchased it, or from where/whom. Any help or guidance is greatly appreciated. And a huge thanks in advance!

Andy

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Re: First Post and a Question About my Grandfather's Watch

#2 Post by JerseyMo » Tue May 08, 2018 12:17 pm

open the case back to determine the serial number. Than go to this site - enter the number along with the maker -

https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/
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Re: First Post and a Question About my Grandfather's Watch

#3 Post by AFR » Tue May 08, 2018 1:06 pm

JerseyMo wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 12:17 pm
open the case back to determine the serial number. Than go to this site - enter the number along with the maker -

https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/
Thanks so much! Was able to determine a good amount of info.

Grade: No. 1235
Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 24480986
Grade: No. 1235
Model: 1924
Estimated Production Year: 1924
Run Quantity: 5,500
Total Production: 81,499
Size: Colonial
Jewels: 17j
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Setting: Pendant
Adjusted: Yes
Railroad Grade: No
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List

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Re: First Post and a Question About my Grandfather's Watch

#4 Post by JerseyMo » Tue May 08, 2018 1:54 pm

yes, that site has great information.

Here is my grandfather's pocket watch, it is one of the main reason I got into this hobby. The story as told to me by my mother was that my grandfather bought the watch to show he had done well here in the USA.
What better way than to buy a 14K "American Made" watch. Grazie nonno!
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Re: First Post and a Question About my Grandfather's Watch

#5 Post by AFR » Tue May 08, 2018 2:47 pm

JerseyMo wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 1:54 pm
yes, that site has great information.

Here is my grandfather's pocket watch, it is one of the main reason I got into this hobby. The story as told to me by my mother was that my grandfather bought the watch to show he had done well here in the USA.
What better way than to buy a 14K "American Made" watch. Grazie nonno!

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That's terrific! I think that pride of succeeding in one's new world has no doubt been seen in many timepieces over the years. The simplicity and beauty of such a fine instrument, and one that is so small, is as perfect as it gets for passing down through the generations to come.

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