One of the iconic American pocket watch companies was American Watch Co., later known as Waltham for the city in which it was founded.
In 1860, as President Abraham Lincoln was elected, the country was in Civil War. Production ground to a halt. However, the company decided to downsize to the lowest possible level to keep the factory open. It worked: Upon his Gettysburg Address, President Lincoln became the proud owner of a Waltham Model 1857 "Wm. Ellery" pocket watch, the same model offered here today. President Lincoln's watch - made in January 1863 - resides in the collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian.
According to the company's hand-written ledger, this watch was finished between April and July 1865 (see a photo of the page below). Here is a little more about it...
- Handsome and heavy nickel case
- Original porcelain dial in beautiful condition
- 18 size, measuring 56mm in diameter
- Key wound movement with winding key
The time period this watch was finished being manufactured falls closely with the ending of the Civil War, as General Lee surrendered on April 9th marking the effective end of the conflict, as Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured on May 10th, and as General Stand Watie was the final Confederate general to surrender on June 23rd.
We were fortunate to acquire it in such honest and pleasing condition. The dial is mint, and the bow is nicely, fairly tight still.
We acquired the watch from the estate of collector Joel Henry Beecher, who loved Walthams.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment. Accompanying the watch is a period key.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
This a rare opportunity to own an exciting historical timepiece from a prominent American watchmaker.
Manufacturer: American Watch Co./Waltham
Country of origin: U.S.A.
Serial no.: 160,565
Date finished: April - July 1865
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Nickel
Case markings (inside): Silveroid, 515,946
Case condition: Excellent honest condition with a few light dings to the case back and light wear
Dimensions: 56mm diameter (excluding the crown)
Dial: White enamel with Roman numerals. Signed American Watch Co., original, mint condition with no cracks, chips, or hairlines
Hands: One "Spade" and one "diamond", period, blue steel
Movement markings: Wm. Ellery, Waltham, Mass.
Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty.
Box/Papers: BOX - Watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; KEY - Period winding/setting key
Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee
We offer a 100%
satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way
unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime
within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our
client's expectations throughout the buying experience.
All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially
constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All
watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic
shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail,
and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier.
International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.
The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any
required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and
taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.
Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be
guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not
recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed
to be waterproof.