14 carat gold antique Waltham Opera Ruby pocket watch made in 1918
The Waltham Ruby movement was made from 1912 until 1919, and is a seventeen jewelled manual wind crown set movement with a Breguet hairspring. It is a size 6/02 which is equal to 25.40mm.
The case of this Waltham pocket watch was made by J.Depollier & Sons and is called a Waltham Opera watch due to the fact that is has a highly filigree spacer to hold the movement.
A brief history on the Waltham company:
The Waltham Watch Company was formed in 1850 under the name American Horologe Company. Over the years it went through a series of name changes such as the Boston Watch Company (1853) and American Watch Company (1859).Â In 1885 it became knows as the American Waltham Watch Company and finally in 1907 it became knows as the Waltham Watch Company (WWCo)
In addition to using grade numbers, Waltham also used many grade names on their watches. These names were often the names of Board members, company investors, or other prominent individuals. The grade name basically designates the model and/or level of finish of the watch. Some of the more popular Waltham named grades were: Appleton Tracy & Co., William Ellery, P. S. Bartlett, Crescent Street, Riverside, Central Park, Premier, Broadway, Royal E. Robbins, Vanguard, Bond Street, Sterling, Royal, Maximus and Colonial.
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