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Waltham 1894 Model.

Here is another Waltham. This one is a 6 size, 16 jewels, 1894 model. 

It needed a new mainspring. The broken one is shown in a photo below.
Waltham's motor barrel is quite different from Elgin's design.
This shows the broken mainspring.
The winding/setting mechanism on this movement has a lot of parts! It's an interesting arrangement, different from the shipper other Walthams have.

Here we again see this fairly common type of hunter pocketwatch case. There two hinged covers in the back, the snap on bezel and crystal, and the front cover. 

It is a common misconception and hunting cases are more durable than their open-face counter parts. But nothing could be further from the truth. All these moving parts in such a thin space make these cases very fragile.

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