1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

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1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

#1 Post by Rebop » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:44 am

I've dated it by the 23107129 serial number as a 1919-1920 ladies watch. Not sure if the mesh band is original or replaced. It says Hadley usa 1-20 10k GF. This was my great grandmother Louise Gunderson Fiske's (initials on back), who was born in 1860's. It held good time for a day, and is now off about 15 minutes.
Just curious of value and accuracy of it's age. Keeping to give my kids
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Re: 1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

#2 Post by afire » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:16 am

Nice watch. I think circa 1920 is likely correct.

The bracelet is not original. It most likely would have originally had a silk grosgrain ribbon band. There were mesh bracelets available at this time too, but that's not what they looked like. That one looks like it's probably from the 1950s, give or take.

As to value, it's solid gold, so it's worth something. Probably in the $100-$250 range. And since it's a family heirloom, I would think it's definitely worth maintaining. If it's running and was keeping good time, all it likely needs is to be cleaned and oiled, maybe a new mainspring. With a little effort, you can usually find a watchmaker to do this for around $100.
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Re: 1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

#3 Post by Magpie » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:29 am

LOVELY watch! I agree with afire that it's c. 1920 (I've seen similar ones in catalogs and in Waltham advertisements that date from about then). It's an engraved cushion-form case, which was a popular shape in that period, and Solidarity was one of the very best casemakers. What a wonderful heirloom! (Do keep it maintained, but be sure to choose a good watchmaker who is experienced in working on these early watches.)

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Re: 1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

#4 Post by JerseyMo » Tue Nov 03, 2015 8:01 am

agreed with all replies, 1920 - not original band and worth the effort to be serviced. A great way to past family history from one generation to the next.
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Re: 1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

#5 Post by Rebop » Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:21 pm

Awesome, thanks so much for the replies. I figured wrist band was not original to watch. Thanks for the information on keeping it running.

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Re: 1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

#6 Post by Maria » Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:58 pm

it is a good idea that inheriting the watch to your kids. ;)

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Re: 1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

#7 Post by Yumi » Mon Mar 14, 2016 10:22 pm

Wow you have got a great watch from your grandmother.It must own a long history! keeping it carefully.

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Re: 1920 Lady Waltham 14k Wristwatch

#8 Post by JerryT » Mon May 16, 2016 11:08 pm

These 10-ligne Solidarity cases really are charming. Here are two other examples, both with Waltham movements.
The first contains a Waltham movement made for Tiffany & Co. but modified to read "TIERANY & COx".
The second case has delightful enamel detailing.
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