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    Waltham Rare 18k Gold Ezra C. Fitch Patented Case, Model 79 With 24 Hour Dial, circa 1879
    Case: 18k yellow gold, two body with inner hinged movement ring, patented dust proof screw down crown cap, thick screw down knurled bezel with glass crystal, back and rim constructed as a single piece, back with crest, engine turnings and outer chased pattern, patent date of April 22, 1879 inside the back
    Dial: enamel, subsidiary seconds, spade hands, black 24 hour numerals, black minute track, red five minute numbers
    Movement: No. 1952162, gilt full plate, P.S. Bartlett, 11 jewels, lever set, 24 hour motion
    Signed: A.W. Co., gross weight is 142.5 grams

    Note: Ezra C. Fitch served as the President of the American Waltham Watch Co. from 1883 to 1921. In 1879 Fitch patented a dust proof watch case. The case has a heavy screw down bezel with the back and rim being constructed as a single unit. The crown and pendant have a left hand thread. The user unscrews the crown in the direction of the winding. When the watch is fully wound, the crown can no longer be rotated forward, and the left hand thread allows it then to be screwed down to form a tight dust and dirt proof seal. Examples in gold are exceedingly rare!




    Condition Report*: Type: Waltham Rare 18k Gold Ezra C. Fitch Patented Case, Model 79 With 24 Hour Dial
    Dial: enamel, 24 hour numerals
    Hands; spades
    Metal: 18k yellow gold
    Gram Weight: 142.5
    Case No: 43233
    Case Info: dust proof, two body, solid back, screw bezel
    Case Width: 18 size, 55 mm
    Crystal: glass
    Watch Movement: No. 1952162, gilt full plate, P.S. Bartlett, 11 jewels, lever set, 24 hour motion
    Circa: 1879
    Condition: dial is very good, movement is very good, case is very sharp on the back, bezel and rim, crown cap and threads are very good, the small central crest on the back shows a small area were initials were very well removed
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    November, 2012
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