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Waltham Vintage Chronograph

$975

Pre-Owned Waltham Vintage Chronograph

This vintage Waltham from 1969 is in excellent condition.  At 40mm, it is a thoroughly modern size.  Due to its dark dial set against the C-shaped gold-plated case, it wears large on the wrist, yet it is very comfortable thanks in part to its thinness.  The Valjoux 7733 movement utilized a new (at the time) cam for the chronograph, which allowed for a thinner movement, which was also more inexpensive to produce. As a result, this Waltham chronograph was an affordable alternative to dress watches of the era, which also makes it an affordable and attractive vintage chronograph from the golden era of vintage chronographs.

The case brushing on the top of the case is crisp, with a few strap change marks from its previous ownership, and the edges of the case are bright and highlight the gold plate, with hardly any wear evident.  With the clean, black dial and silver outer minute track, this watch presents much newer than one would expect from a 1969 watch. This watch is accompanied by its original Waltham box and judging by its overall condition, saw rather little time out of it. Recently serviced, it will give enjoyment for years to come.

 

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Additional information

Band Color

Black

Band Material

Leather

Box and Papers

Box

Band Type

Strap

Brand

waltham

Caliber

7733

Case Material

Plated Stainless Steel, Yellow Gold Plate

Case Size

40mm

Caseback

Solid

Clasp

Tang

Complication

Chronograph

Crystal Material

Acrylic

Dial Color

Black

Movement

Manual Wind Mechanical

Warranty

6 months

Item ID0003954
Year Producedca 1969

Description

The Waltham Watch Company, also known as the American Watch Co., produced about 40 million watches, clocks, speedometers, compasses, time delay fuses, and other precision instruments between 1850 and 1957. The company’s historic 19th-century manufacturing facilities in Waltham, Massachusetts have been preserved as the American Waltham Watch Company Historic District. Established in 1854, they sought to produce quality watches at affordable prices.  They largely met this goal through innovation and the early adoption of interchangeable parts.  Unfortunately, they experienced several cost issues throughout their years, which led to more than one bankruptcy, until they finally went out of business in the late 1950s. What remains behind are well made and affordable vintage watches, which after all was what they had hoped to achieve.