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Serial Number Stamps on A 16 Size Waltham Pocketwatch

Antique American watches generally have their serial numbers stamped on various parts, in addition to where the number appears prominently on the works.

Here are some images showing the serial number stamps on this 16 size Waltham pocketwatch; on the top plate, under the balance cock, under the pallet bridge, and under the bottom plate (on the dial side). 

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