I was told sometime ago that for ever 18s w/ wind indicator you see, Waltham made 1000 in 16s. All I know is these are rarely seen. It is unquestionably one of the best Railroad watches Waltham ever made!
This is a very rarely seen 18s Waltham Vanguard C-1908 with a wind indicator at 12 o’clock. The Railroad Grade Vanguard movement features 23 jewels, micrometer regulator and is marked “Adjusted to 5 Positions”. It also features rose gold accents throughout including the center wheel, timing screws, and jewel settings. This was the highest quality Railroad Grade movement made by Waltham, with the only complication allowed on a Railroad Grade watch (the wind indicator).
The dial is double sunk with huge Arabic numeral hour markers and matched blued steel hands. The center of the dial is signed “Waltham” between the wind indicator and the hour and minute hands.
The 20 year gold filled is in good condition with wear to the center design. Otherwise it looks good and comes with an original bevelled glass crystal. As you look at the pictures, keep in mind this watch is 113 years old. And it still looks this good and will run even better after our service.
Photos are of the watch in its current, unrestored state.
The price includes full restoration and repair. The work will be performed after purchase. This entails proper service of the movement, a new mainspring, and anything else that would be necessary to bring the watch into proper working order. Case cleaning and refinishing are also included. The extent of case refinishing, if any will be left up to the new owner.
Once you’ve made your purchase, please contact us so we may discuss the restoration and case refinishing.
Please allow 1-2 weeks after purchase for service to be completed.
Our goal is to achieve what we refer to as “Sympathetic Restoration”; in other words, bringing the watch back as close as possible to its original appearance without the need to remove all signs of its former life. We don’t want to dramatically change its history.
During the restoration, we only use period-correct parts, and in most cases, genuine factory parts from the same time period as the watch.