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Waltham Pocket Watches

Producing millions of timepieces over their 107-year history, Waltham Watch Company is a landmark in American timekeeping. The Waltham pocket watch is equally celebrated and is part of the company’s history from its very beginning.

Organized by three associates in the mid-19th century, the Waltham Watch Company experienced a cloaked early history, as its founders did not want their design innovations to leak to the public. They made their first watch in 1852, stamping it simply with their three last names, “Howard, Davis & Dennison."

Over the next 50 years the company experienced several rounds of reorganization and retitling. It was in 1907 that the Waltham Watch Company officially emerged, picking its name in part due to the location of the watch company in Waltham Massachusetts. They continued to design and produce watches until the late 1940s, when the company went bankrupt.

Throughout their long history, Waltham watches were renowned for their sophisticated design and precise time telling. They became the timepieces for prominent figures as well as average folks, and their popularity today is a testament to their timeless characteristics.

Quick Facts

  • One of the first watches that Waltham produced and gave to founder Edward Howard is now part of the Smithsonian Collection in Washington, D.C.
  • Following his historic Gettysburg Address, American President Abraham Lincoln was awarded a key wind Waltham model 1857 watch. This too is part of the Smithsonian’s collection
  • A sure sign of a Waltham watch's origin is the presence of a serial number, a feature they included in all of their watch designs

Recommended Items at Auction

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Waltham 25 Jewels Open Face Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 6:00 PM EST
Waltham 25 Jewels Open Face Pocket Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$3257 Bids
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ANTIQUE WALTHAM 14K YELLOW GOLD POCKET WATCH
Dec 18, 9:00 AM MST
ANTIQUE WALTHAM 14K YELLOW GOLD POCKET WATCH
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
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A Waltham covered pocket watch with chain
Dec 07, 10:00 AM PST
A Waltham covered pocket watch with chain
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$8004 Bids
Two Antique Silver Pocket Watches
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Two Antique Silver Pocket Watches
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $250- $525
$3004 Bids
Waltham Premier 14kt Gold Pocket Watch
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Waltham Premier 14kt Gold Pocket Watch
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $350- $500
$1003 Bids
14K Waltham Women's Pocket Watch
Dec 08, 11:00 AM EST
14K Waltham Women's Pocket Watch
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $250- $500
$903 Bids
A Waltham Bartlett key wound pair cased pocket watch,
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A Waltham Bartlett key wound pair cased pocket watch,
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $80- $120
$602 Bids
LOT OF 2: WALTHAM VANGUARD RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: WALTHAM VANGUARD RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1752 Bids
Waltham Gold Filled Hunter Case Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Waltham Gold Filled Hunter Case Pocket Watch
by Nye & Company
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Waltham American Antique 14K Gold Pocket Watch
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Waltham American Antique 14K Gold Pocket Watch
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $500
$2001 Bid
14K American Waltham Ornate Pocket Watch
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
14K American Waltham Ornate Pocket Watch
by Nye & Company
Est: $500- $800
$2501 Bid
18K GOLD RAILROAD POCKET WATCH.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
18K GOLD RAILROAD POCKET WATCH.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
LOT OF 4: WALTHAM GOLD FILLED MODEL 1908 RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 4: WALTHAM GOLD FILLED MODEL 1908 RR GRADE O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
LOT OF 3: AMERICAN WALTHAM WATCH CO. O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 3: AMERICAN WALTHAM WATCH CO. O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
LOT OF 2: AMERICAN WALTHAM COIN SILVER H/C P.S. BARTLETT POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: AMERICAN WALTHAM COIN SILVER H/C P.S. BARTLETT POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
18KYG VINTAGE POCKET WATCH
Dec 13, 2:00 PM EST
18KYG VINTAGE POCKET WATCH
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
LOT OF 5 GOLD FILL POCKET WATCHES WALTHAM ELGIN
Dec 20, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 5 GOLD FILL POCKET WATCHES WALTHAM ELGIN
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $300- $500
$801 Bid
Vintage G.C.T. Waltham 22 Jewels 16-A Military Watch
Dec 12, 7:00 PM EST
Vintage G.C.T. Waltham 22 Jewels 16-A Military Watch
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $100- $10,000
$501 Bid
14K TRI-COLORED GOLD WALTAHM POCKET WATCH.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
14K TRI-COLORED GOLD WALTAHM POCKET WATCH.
by William Smith Auctions
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
14K GOLD AMERICAN WALTHAM ENGRAVED H/C POCKET WATCH.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
14K GOLD AMERICAN WALTHAM ENGRAVED H/C POCKET WATCH.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5000 Bids
14K GOLD AMERICAN WALTHAM OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
14K GOLD AMERICAN WALTHAM OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
14K GOLD LADY WALTHAM OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
14K GOLD LADY WALTHAM OPEN FACE POCKET WATCH.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
LOT OF 3: AMERICAN GOLD FILLED O/F POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 3: AMERICAN GOLD FILLED O/F POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
LOT OF 2: AMERICAN WALTHAM GOLD FILLED H/C POCKET WATCHES.
Dec 19, 9:00 AM EST
LOT OF 2: AMERICAN WALTHAM GOLD FILLED H/C POCKET WATCHES.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids

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