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Waltham Vanguard Wind Indicator

 

A LOOK INSIDE A WALTHAM MODEL 1912
23 JEWEL VANGUARD WITH WIND INDICATOR

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The 16 size Waltham Vanguard is one of the most common of the WINDING INDICATOR POCKET WATCHES.  The 1908 model and the 1912 model look very much alike.  The difference is that the 1908 model is geared from another set of teeth cut into the mainspring barrel which drives the indicator.  The 1908 model uses fewer parts, only 21.

The 1912 model has a more positive gear arraignment and functions much better than the 1908 model.  The 1912 version uses more parts, 26 of them, with many located within the planetary gear.

The photos above show the placement of the gears within the 1912 model.  The first serial number of the 1908 model was 18,065,001 and the last number was 24,570,901.  The first serial number of the improved 1912 model was 19,062,501 and the last number was 28,741,000.

WALTHAM 16 SIZE FACTORY ERROR WATCH

Here is an interesting Waltham Riverside.  It is a factory reject as the stamping which reads "17 Jewels" is positioned to far towards the location of the ratchet wheel.  There is no serial number.  Waltham was famous for making Exploded Displays using the Riverside watch for display in frames in jewelry stores.

The center wheel pinion and 4th wheel pinion have been up-righted and installed, however, it was rejected prior to completing more operations on the movement.

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