Item:
ON5420

Original U.S. WWII Mid-War Army 17-Jewel Wrist Watch by Waltham - Fully Functional

Regular price $395.00

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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 over 17 JEWELS. The band is a correct high quality OD Green web reproduction. The Army serial number is 165574, 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.
OF - 165574

This watch is definitely in very good shape. The metal components are nice, with minimal scratches and dents. 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. The only real issue with the watch is that the white watch face has an orange stain covering more than half the face. The numbers also have some flaking. The hands are original, and quite nice.

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: 165574
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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