Friday, 14 February 2014

The Waltham 1908 Marquis

This version of the famous 1908 model was probably made for the English market and tastes having a gilt movement with blued screws in the English fashion. It is basically a 1908-Traveler with 15 Jewels or a 1908-620 with a gilt finish.

Production records show that 500 hunter "Marquis" movements were made with only 7 jewels, 6,200 15J Hunters and 5,300 15J Open Faced. They are not that common but not I think quite as rare as this and I suspect that many are recorded as "Export" or other models.

Here are two:

Top is a half Hunter from 1917 in an English Filled gold case by Dennison, by this time the nice screw set jewels had been replaced by machine set.

Bottom is an open faced version from  1912, in Filled Gold by the Illinois Watch Case Company of America.

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