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My Father's watch, A Waltham Circa 1896

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Pocket Watches1186 of 1461 Liberty Coin Arenda, 17 Jewels Pendant Necklace WatchUnknown Watch.Any help would be grateful.
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Posted 6 years ago

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I used to beg my dad to fish this watch out when I was a kid because it was just so fascinating to look at. After my father died, I ended up with the watch.
My father said he bought it in San Francisco in 1959. Other than that, I don't know much more about the watch.
I figured out the watch was built in 1896 by Waltham Appleton and Tracy. The font engraved on the movement makes Tracy look like "Trary." I guess it is just a weird font used by the company. It also has 17 jewels. The watch has a heavy removable crystal cover that screws off the face of the watch.
What I need to know is what model is this? The Serial # is 7577352. Any help or other information about this watch would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks much!


  1. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    Enter your serial number here and click submit:
  2. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    It's actually made by the American Waltham Watch Co. Applton and Tracy is the watches "grade." Here's a link that explains it:
  3. Finch48 Finch48, 6 years ago
    Thanks so much for the link! Any other info about the watch would be most appreciated.
  4. Finch48 Finch48, 6 years ago
    also, what does "size 18" mean?
    Thank you.
  5. Finch48 Finch48, 6 years ago
    Found out what size means. I found the glossary on nawcc. I guess the only other thing I need to find out is if the chain or watch fob is original with the watch.
    Thanks again for the link! Wonderful.
  6. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    An 18 is about as big as you can get. They made 20s for a while but found they were just to darn big! ...lol... Yours looks like it's housed in real heavyweight "silveroid" swing-out open face case which makes it seem even bigger! Most likely, it's not the original case though. Your watch was made to be housed in a hunter case. That's why the dial isn't oriented correctly. Google hunter case pocket watch and you'll see what I mean.
  7. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
    toolate I looked up this serial # on the link above, It hightlights the case as HTG
  8. toolate2 toolate2, 6 years ago
    It's referring to the movement not the case. Here's another good link for you:
  9. kerry10456 kerry10456, 6 years ago
    Thank you toolate for the link, I like reading info on watches
  10. gearpunk gearpunk, 6 years ago
    Yes,Thank you toolate2.The links have really helped me out as well.I have learned a lot the past few days,and have so much more to discover.Cant wait!

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