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Grade: A.T. & Co.

Private Label(s) in Run: Canadian Pacific Railway

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 8857071
Grade: A.T. & Co.
Model: 1892
Estimated Production Year: 1898
Run Quantity: 1,000
Total Production: 41,893
Size: 18s
Jewels: 17j
Jewel Setting: Gold Settings (Screw-Set)
Movement Configuration: Openface
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Signing Style: Mixed
Movement Inlay Color: Black
Movement Setting: Lever
Plate: Full Plate
Regulator: Church 1892
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: Yes
Adjusted to Position: Yes
Railroad Grade: Yes
Movement Markings: Appleton, Tracy & Co.
Waltham, Mass.
17 Jewels.
Adjusted.
Safety Barrel.
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
Research Note: Original Grey Book Serial List: [8,857,001-8,858,500: M1892, A.T. & Co.] [8,858,501-8,862,500: M83, Crescent St.]
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Verifications & Observations

8857001
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8858000
  • November 16, 2018:
    Serial Number 8857155 was reported as accurate
  • September 6, 2018:
    Serial Number 8857155 was reported as accurate
  • August 8, 2018:
    Serial Number 8857632 was reported as accurate
  • July 4, 2018:
    Serial Number 8857121 was reported as accurate
  • June 20, 2018:
    Serial Number 8857121 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: I erred on accuracy just now. 8857121 is pendant
    set so it probably isn't railroad grade. Cheers.
    duffy l.
  • January 1, 2018:
    Serial Number 8857827 was reported as accurate
  • December 29, 2017:
    Serial Number 8857827 was reported as accurate
  • August 18, 2017:
    Serial Number 8857071 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: According to the Gay List S/N's 8857001-8858500
    are model 1892. This watch s/n 8857071 is
    definitely a model 1892,17jewel Appleton Tracy
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1883 to 1892
  • April 2, 2017:
    Serial Number 8857481 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1883 to 1892
  • November 5, 2016:
    Serial Number 8857032 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Factory Model changed from 1883 to 1892
  • October 17, 2016:
    Serial Number 8857032 was reported as accurate
  • May 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 8857481 was reported as accurate
  • May 3, 2016:
    Serial Number 8857481 was reported as accurate
  • April 29, 2016:
    Serial Number 8857481 was reported as accurate
  • January 8, 2016:
    Serial Number 8857599 was reported as accurate
  • March 29, 2014:
    Serial Number 8857014 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Finish: Nickel
    Railroad Grade: Yes
  • September 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 8857666 was reported as inaccurate
    No further details were submitted with the report.
  • September 27, 2013:
    Serial Number 8857666 was reported as accurate
  • September 14, 2013:
    Serial Number 8857329 was reported as accurate
  • August 15, 2013:
    Serial Number 8857527 was reported as accurate
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