Item:
ONAC23SS092

Original U.S. WWII Fully Functional US Army Ordnance Department 17-Jewel Wrist Watch by Waltham - Laundry Number Marked

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a Mid-War production OF Officer Grade issue Stainless Steel Case Waltham Model 10617 17-Jewel wrist watch, with a stainless steel screw back closure. This wonderful example has been fully cleaned, tested and runs perfectly. It was manufactured for the US Army, and has a white face with radium luminous numbers for night use. It has the name WALTHAM on the dial face. The band is a correct high quality OD Green web reproduction. The Army serial number is 79364, which places production around 1942-43 based on past watches we have sold.

During WWII, Waltham supplied watches for the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps [the Air Force was the Army Air Force]. In 1940, the Ordnance Department published the requirements for military watches. The list includes pocket, wrist, and stop watches.
Marking on the case reads:

ORD.DEPT.
U.S.A.
OD - 79364

The inside of the back case has the following laundry number scratched into it: M-44897. This is an enlisted laundry number and a great starting point for research though there is quite the long list to sort through for possible owners!

This watch is definitely in very good shape. The metal components are nice, with most of the scratching present towards the bottom of the case. The watch runs smoothly, and appears to keep good time, though it is important to remember that the specification for wrist watches in WWII could be off by several seconds a day. The watch crystal is a modern plastic replacement made to original specifications.

This is a great chance to pick up a wonderful WWII Issue officer grade watch, ready to display or wear!

Specifications:
Brand: Waltham
Size: 6/0 - B
Movement: 17-jewel
Movement Serial: 31768230
Model: 6/0
Watch Shape: Round
Serial Number: 79364
Case Color: Silver
Year of Manufacture: 1942-43
Face Color: Cream
Country of Manufacture: USA

There is no warranty for this watch and returns for a non-working watch will not be honored. Please note all watches are wound and tested then recorded on video before shipment. We are not in the watch repair business- ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

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