THIS WATCH HAS BEEN PROFESSIONALLY RESTORED AND SERVICED. All of our pieces are 100% authentic vintage or antique, we do NOT sell reproductions or copies. Mans RARE 1918 ART DECO Waltham "THE RUBY" (model name) 14k solid gold (slightly rosy gold color) wrist watch with hooded lugs. ONE STAR RATING! * Case measures 1-1/2" (38mm) x 1-1/8". Mechanical wind up 17 ruby jewel movement serial number 22144366. This has the original (not refinished) metal dial with radium hands and Arabic numerals (still has some glow in the dark properties!). This watch is a fantastic example of the earliest known wrist watches, slightly after the transition from pocket to wrist watch manufacturing. This very early style utilized fixed (not removable) lugs and the very old style of watch straps (bands) that had to be glued in place! In phenomenal condition, extremely well babied. Brand new 5/8" black GENUINE CROCODILE watch strap. Original glass crystal. We only use HIGH QUALITY American or European made straps. This looks as if it could have just walked right off the set of Boardwalk Empire, The Great Gatsby, or Downton Abbey! Originally a mans watch but the unisex size would also be nice for a woman.
Inside back of case is factory hallmarked (ORIGINAL American made case- NOT a European made recase!)- "Patented April 16, 1912" and "14K". This is the design patent on the case, the watch is listed in the reference books with a date of 1918.
Our watches have been cleaned, oiled, timed, adjusted, and are running as accurately as possible. We do ALL of our own watch restoration. Over 35 years experience in the complete restoration of fine time pieces. We no longer take on any outside work. We only service those pieces that we sell in our own inventory and watches that were originally purchased from us over the years. Thank you to our loyal customers, we know that CONDITION CONDITION CONDITION is what keeps bringing you back to us and we appreciate you!