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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

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APPLETON TRACY & CO AMERICAN WATCH CO. WALTHAM A 14CT GOLD OPENFACE POCKET WATCH CIRCA 1907
Jun 24, 4:00 PM AEST
APPLETON TRACY & CO AMERICAN WATCH CO. WALTHAM A 14CT GOLD OPENFACE POCKET WATCH CIRCA 1907
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
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Jun 23, 5:00 PM EDT
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Est: $0- $0
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OROLOGIO DA TASCA WALTHAM in oro giallo 12 KT
Jun 26, 3:30 PM CEST
OROLOGIO DA TASCA WALTHAM in oro giallo 12 KT
by Benedetto Trionfante Auction House s.r.l
Est: €380- €400
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JEWELRY. Antique Lady's Waltham 14kt Gold Pocket
Jun 30, 10:00 AM EDT
JEWELRY. Antique Lady's Waltham 14kt Gold Pocket
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
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WALTHAM SOLID STERLING SILVER WATCH, 21MM
Jun 26, 11:00 AM EDT
WALTHAM SOLID STERLING SILVER WATCH, 21MM
by Gallery 63
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
(4) ANTIQUE POCKET WATCHES
Jun 23, 11:00 AM EDT
(4) ANTIQUE POCKET WATCHES
by White's Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
4 Pocket Watches: Hamilton, Waltham, & South Bend
Jul 06, 9:00 AM EDT
4 Pocket Watches: Hamilton, Waltham, & South Bend
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $900- $1,000
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14ct gold Lady Waltham full hunter fob watch, d.3.75cm, gross weight 49.7g.
Jul 13, 10:00 AM BST
14ct gold Lady Waltham full hunter fob watch, d.3.75cm, gross weight 49.7g.
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
Continental Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Watch Hutch, 19th Century
Jun 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Continental Gilt and Patinated Bronze Figural Watch Hutch, 19th Century
by Locati LLC
Est: $150- $200
$700 Bids
TWO 10CT GOLD PLATED WALTHAM POCKET WATCHES
Jul 10, 10:00 AM BST
TWO 10CT GOLD PLATED WALTHAM POCKET WATCHES
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £100- £200
£500 Bids
Rovadad Waltham and Dufonte
Jun 23, 5:30 PM EDT
Rovadad Waltham and Dufonte
by Blue Box Auction Gallery
Est: $65- $130
$450 Bids
Rare 1889 Waltham Grade 12 11j 14s Silver Open Face Pocket Watch Working! Only 1
Jul 08, 9:30 AM EDT
Rare 1889 Waltham Grade 12 11j 14s Silver Open Face Pocket Watch Working! Only 1
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $300- $600
$1800 Bids
1918 Waltham Grade 315 15j 3/0s Ladies Pocket Watch Working Sacred Heart Dial
Jul 08, 9:30 AM EDT
1918 Waltham Grade 315 15j 3/0s Ladies Pocket Watch Working Sacred Heart Dial
by Figlio Designs LLC
Est: $100- $200
$450 Bids
ANTIQUE WALTHAM POCKET WATCH
Jul 14, 3:00 PM PDT
ANTIQUE WALTHAM POCKET WATCH
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
WALTHAM small 14k yellow gold hunting cased pocket watch
Jul 20, 11:00 AM CEST
WALTHAM small 14k yellow gold hunting cased pocket watch
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
14K GOLD WALTHAM POCKET WATCH
Jun 30, 11:00 AM EDT
14K GOLD WALTHAM POCKET WATCH
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Waltham Watch Co. Model 1908 - 695 Grade
Jul 31, 6:00 PM EDT
Waltham Watch Co. Model 1908 - 695 Grade
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
$250 Bids
Waltham 14K Pocket Watch
Jul 01, 6:00 PM EDT
Waltham 14K Pocket Watch
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $1,200- $2,000
$6000 Bids
Waltham 14K Pocket Watch
Jul 01, 6:00 PM EDT
Waltham 14K Pocket Watch
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Waltham 14K Pocket Watch
Jul 01, 6:00 PM EDT
Waltham 14K Pocket Watch
by Kodner Galleries
Est: $700- $900
$3500 Bids
WHALTAM IN ORO BIANCO, PERIODO 1910 - WHALTAM IN WHITE GOLD, PERIOD 1910
Jun 25, 3:00 PM CEST
WHALTAM IN ORO BIANCO, PERIODO 1910 - WHALTAM IN WHITE GOLD, PERIOD 1910
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €650- €750
€5000 Bids
ASSEMBLED GROUPING
Jun 23, 11:00 AM EDT
ASSEMBLED GROUPING
by White's Auctions
Est: $250- $359
$1200 Bids
WALTHAM Watch Co., hanging saboneta watch with 18K…
Jul 04, 5:00 PM CEST
WALTHAM Watch Co., hanging saboneta watch with 18K…
by Subastas Segre
Est: €0- €0
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