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Grade: Seaside

Mixed Run: 15-Jewel and 7-Jewel Examples Reported

Manufacturer: Waltham
Manufacturer Location: Waltham, Massachusetts
Movement Serial Number: 9889180
Grade: Seaside
Model: 1890
Estimated Production Year: 1900
Run Quantity: 4,000
Total Production: 993,698
Size: 6s
Jewels: 7j    Mixed Run
Movement Configuration: Hunting
Movement Finish: Nickel
Movement Setting: Pendant
Plate: 3/4 Split Plate
Hairspring: Breguet
Adjusted: No
Railroad Grade: No
Quality Rating:
Data Research: 1954 Waltham "Gray Book" List
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Verifications & Observations

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  • August 6, 2019:
    Serial Number 9890434 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 9890434 is a Waltham Vanguard 23J 10k Goldfill
    Curator Response: Thanks for the report. If possible, please upload an image of the movement to your collection for further evaluation and documentation.
  • November 27, 2018:
    Serial Number 9889180 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
    Movement Finish changed from Gilt to Nickel
  • November 6, 2016:
    Serial Number 9890686 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Gilt Finish
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 7j
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
  • July 5, 2016:
    Serial Number 9887535 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 15 jewels marked on movement
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
  • February 26, 2016:
    Serial Number 9890179 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: 7j, finish=nickel
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 7j
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
  • March 31, 2015:
    Serial Number 9888328 was reported as inaccurate
    Note: Movement configuration: Hunting
    Movement finish: Nickle
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 7j
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
    Plate changed from Unknown to 3/4 Split
  • September 13, 2013:
    Serial Number 9888020 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 7j
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
  • August 17, 2013:
    Serial Number 9890756 was reported as accurate
    Changes since this report was submitted:
    Jewels changed from 15j to 7j
    Movement Configuration changed from Openface to Hunting
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