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Waltham 1899 Model

Here are the barrel parts from an American Waltham 1899 model, grade 620, 16 size, 15 jewels.

The Waltham motor barrel is different from Elgin's. I'm not sure it qualifies as a true motor barrel since the outside teeth and and arbor are fixed together.
These parts form the winding arbor and clutch.

The classic "shipper" Walthams have... This mechanism works well, but it a bit complicated.



This watch has a private label (custom) dial marked R.C. Brown.


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