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Waltham Part 1, Rust

This watch had a lot of problems, starting with significant rust issues.

The movement is an American Waltham 18 size, 15 jewels, 1883 model.

The rust was so bad on this one that it interfered with disassembly. Parts had to be removed slowly after using various methods to break up the rust.

A lot of careful hand cleaning was required, but almost all these parts were recovered and used.

There are a lot of photos, and a lot to say about this one so I am posting it in two parts. This is part 1. Find part 2 here!

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