Stunning Railroad Grade Waltham Pocket Watch Restoration!

John
John

I had my dad's old railroad watch serviced fairly recently after a long time of neglect (probably 40 years) and got it running. He was born in 1918 and his time with the railroad was during the 1940s (which kept him out of the war). I was about to explain the whole lever setting under the screw-down bezel aspect, but you got there right as I was starting to type. Thanks for passing along that history. I have a bit of an addition. They would set these in a central location to a standard clock, and they were sealed with wax (like a letter) to show whether they were tampered with or not, and then they would go out to the conductors. Part of their job was to wind their watches in very precise, standard ways to keep the watches as consistent as possible. Think about the importance of time keeping in this way: imagine two trains going opposite directions at speed on the same track. Each train has to hit certain mile markers at specific times so they can both both be in the right place at the right time so one train can pull over onto a siding while the other passes.

Vor 8 Monate
Timothy L Miles
Timothy L Miles

@Imran Ward Was that a pun... "time well spent"?

Vor 4 Tage
National Socialism
National Socialism

@Stefan Skoglund there was a monkey that operated the switches for years at one place... they trained him with bananas & gin.

Vor Monat
Paul Skalla
Paul Skalla

@Phil Giglio Try American Science and Surplus. They have ground glass bottles once in a while.

Vor Monat
Phil Giglio
Phil Giglio

Love the small ground glass joint jar you have to clean the jewels... where did you get it?

Vor 2 Monate
Bryan Phillips
Bryan Phillips

What railroad did your dad work for? He saw a lot of history, I hope you got his story before he passes away.

Vor 2 Monate
Govna Sir
Govna Sir

You make this look so easy! Just a pleasure to watch!!

Vor 2 Monate
Bryan Phillips
Bryan Phillips

Lol

Vor Monat
made of scars
made of scars

That deserves to have a transparent back on it the attention to detail is absolutely beautiful.

Vor 8 Monate
wayne parris
wayne parris

@chowardlaw My 992B is exactly that. When I belonged to a watch and clock association (we moved since then) a person attended a meeting to sell some inherited watches. I picked up a second 992B just to get the second bezel and crystal. It looks stunning. The second watch (in perfect running condition) has both "backs" on it to keep it in good condition. If you can locate a bezel, I advise you to buy it and install it. You will love the results.

Vor Monat
Green Bow
Green Bow

Yeah, so gorgeous.

Vor 2 Monate
J. De la Poer
J. De la Poer

Waltham and Hamilton, among others, produced a very limited run of salesmen/dealer sample watches with crystals front and back in the 19th century. That way they could show off the movement to potential customers without ever exposing it to moisture, dust, damage, etc. These sample pieces are quite rare, but they do come up now and then if you have the money... It's insane the level of decoration they did just as a matter of course back then; simple good workmanship even though it'd never be seen except by the occasional watchmaker (this was long before the invention of acrylic or sapphire; so putting literal glass on the back just to show off the movement was a major potential damage liability for 99% of customers). Nowadays though they do sell new display backs with your choice of acrylic, mineral or sapphire crystal. Ebay has the most reasonable prices, just search for "exhibition" cases. If they don't have one for your brand/model, then you'll need the measurements and thread pitch to know which one to buy. Alternatively like @chowardlaw said, most case makers used identical threading front and back, and there's lots of vintage "parts" watches and cases you can get fairly cheaply. The upside is that'll match the rest of the watch well compared to a new, purpose-built exhibition back, but the downside is original glass is easily broken. Thus what I usually do is pull a vintage front bezel from a similar period case, and then fit a modern sapphire crystal in it. Problem solved, but not nearly as quick, easy or cheap as just sticking with the original glass. Also keep in mind for some case/watch combinations you'd need to replace the original crystal anyway, as the height isn't enough to clear the movement.

Vor 2 Monate
sam
sam

I have a great condition Waltham with glass on the back. Thing of beauty my friend.

Vor 4 Monate
chowardlaw
chowardlaw

On my RR watch (a Hamilton), front and back are same size and thread. A spare front bezel could be screwed on the back and you could watch it work. I've thought about doing that...

Vor 4 Monate
Winston Landa
Winston Landa

Hey Marshall, Your videos directly contributed to me taking on an apprenticeship with a master watchmaker here in Los Angeles. Thanks for your contributions to the community, Winston

Vor 8 Monate
rory vonbrutt
rory vonbrutt

that's why I rewatch these over and over again this is the second time for this one what an interesting barrel besides the whole watch being interesting in itself‼️®™️

Vor 2 Monate
Aaron Castellanos
Aaron Castellanos

@Winston Landa through which company in LA?

Vor 6 Monate
Winston Landa
Winston Landa

@Wristwatch Revival Naw man I owe you a burrito when you get to LA for all the stuff you've taught me via youtube!

Vor 8 Monate
Wristwatch Revival
Wristwatch Revival

Awesome, you'll be teaching me soon Winston!

Vor 8 Monate
Ray Johnson
Ray Johnson

I'm always blown away by the fact that these 100 plus year old watches, not just because their beauty, but because someone made all those very tiny very accurate parts many by hand. Imagine making those tiny screws and threading them. And small pivot shafts. The talent they had back then. I'd love to see a video for how they built the watches

Vor 8 Monate
youregrammersucks
youregrammersucks

100 years ago there were screw making machines. I mean, ingenious, complex mechanical machines, but still… Invented somewhere around 1870 I think, and companies like Waltham were all in on the automation.

Vor 18 Tage
Torben Leimmer
Torben Leimmer

Thats what i ask my everytime. How did they make that tiny screws over 100 years ago? What a shame i broke my m4 screw tap so many times…😅

Vor Monat
rgnlsaizo
rgnlsaizo

A piece of art actually, some people get a watch for the brand, how it looks like etc. I have a Seiko 5 Automatic. It's almost 30 years old today. Got it for my 18 birthday from my father, only item I will never sell in my life..

Vor 2 Monate
Lumpy
Lumpy

I find it interesting that this watch is designed and built with such relative robustness, but if you drop it you're done for. 🤣 Super cool channel, thanks for the quality content!

Vor Monat
R kciwart
R kciwart

Who ever thought watching someone fix watches would be enjoyable but this is absolutely therapeutic. I can't get enough. Thank you, Marshall.

Vor 8 Monate
Harry Lewin
Harry Lewin

I love this video. Is it possible or advisable to add an antishock jewel holder to the balance wheel?

Vor Monat
Bullnose
Bullnose

Gorgeous watch that exemplifies the epitome of American watchmaking -- mass produced, high quality, exquisitely accurate timepieces. It's a shame that it doesn't have an exhibition back so the owner can be mesmerized by the beauty beneath the case. Fine job, Marshall.

Vor 8 Monate
jan Baer
jan Baer

@Mrcaffinebean I had one which had the hidden inside cover enameled and set with citrines and rubies.

Vor Monat
Mrcaffinebean
Mrcaffinebean

It’s funny to think all that effort went into making a gorgeous movement that very few people ever saw, and certainly not the owner.

Vor 8 Monate
Southern Cross
Southern Cross

At 10:24 his hand was hiding a screw being removed so he moved the camera so we could see it. His attention to everything is amazing. Who else making a video would do that, no one i’ve seen.

Vor 2 Monate
Nigel Franklin
Nigel Franklin

I Started watching your watch revivals about two weeks ago and i am hooked on them. I have a few non running watches and have been tempted to have a go at reviving them but my eyes are not what they used to be and some of those parts are way to small. But really enjoy watching these. As for the waltham pocket watch, that movement is amazing and is crying out for a glass case back. Well done marshall.

Vor 8 Monate
tjlovesrachel
tjlovesrachel

@Merrill Finlayson lolll

Vor 6 Monate
Merrill Finlayson
Merrill Finlayson

@tjlovesrachel Probably true.lol

Vor 6 Monate
tjlovesrachel
tjlovesrachel

@Merrill Finlayson he used yours to help pay for his

Vor 6 Monate
Merrill Finlayson
Merrill Finlayson

As a 12-13 year old, I ruined my father's and my watch, by taking them apart to "clean, oil and adjust" them, but got the parts to both mixed up and also lost a few parts. My father's watch was a pocket watch and mine was a wrist watch. My father took the bag of parts to an old watchmaker and got his reassembled, but I never saw my watch again. Needless to say, he wasn't very happy with me. I'm almost 80 years old now and remember it as if it were yesterday!

Vor 7 Monate
jx14aby
jx14aby

I've got my great-grandfather's Elgin pocket watch. I got it repaired years ago, and tried to carry it, but it's like carrying a rock in your pocket It stopped working and the second hand is gone. I don't think it's worth fixing.

Vor Monat
hermanprez
hermanprez

My grandfather, uncle and father all worked on the railroad starting in the early 40's in Denver. They all carried pocket watches. I distinctly remember they were Waltham. I inherited my dad's but I'm not sure where it is. I'll have to look for it.

Vor Monat
Michael Thompson
Michael Thompson

I'm not too big on wristwatches, so I really love the treat when you do a pocket watch. Excellent work.

Vor 8 Monate
Bantha Strider
Bantha Strider

Greetings from Scotland. Thank you, Marshall, for these amazing videos - I am obsessed with them! I await each new video with mounting excitement. Funnily enough, I am one of those people that routinely carry a pocket watch - it sits nicely in my waistcoat pocket and is so much quicker to glance at than my phone. I have a 1918 Waltham 17-Jewel movement in a Dennison Moon case and it is beautiful, though I must get round to having it serviced as it can lose as much as 5 minutes a day at the moment..!

Vor 6 Monate
Andreas
Andreas

How do you know how to assemble it again? Do you have a diagram or is it all by memory/experience?

Vor Monat
Adrian Birkett
Adrian Birkett

Hi Marshall, great job. Apparently in the late 1800s,there was a bad train crash causing loss of life. This was down to a stopped pocket watch!, so the train company had to up their game with time pieces. They approached a few companies to make really high end pocket watches with all of the standards you mentioned for their workers, these really were the rolexes of the day!. I own an 1918 Illinois pocket watch, love it to bits!. Thanks a lot. Adrian.

Vor 8 Monate
Maria Jose usero matute
Maria Jose usero matute

Congress got involved after those accidents you mentioned and passed legislation to force improvements for railroad watches.

Vor Monat
Gary Phelps
Gary Phelps

a man named webb ball bezame the time inspector and he took all time from the us navy instead of from different places and he would inspect conductors watches and give them loaners until he fixed your watch he was a jeweler and started ball watches he would pick watches that were 17 jewels lever set to 5 positions from all the american mfgs ,illinois,hamilton, elgin etc

Vor 8 Monate
ostrich67
ostrich67

That's not "gold plated", it's "gold filled". The gold is thicker over the base metal than electroplated gold.

Vor 8 Monate
Roger Carroll
Roger Carroll

Marshall, all railroad watches have a lever under the front bezel for hand setting the hands, so the winding crown would not accidently move and stop the watch. The winding crown on a railroad watch ONLY WINDS THE WATCH.

Vor 8 Monate
cynaptyc
cynaptyc

@Staying Sane ⁴m r÷we ee×5ew52

Vor 8 Monate
Leslie Schramm
Leslie Schramm

I've been watching for ages, hoping to see that perfect , for me, pocket watch . Everything around just now seems all glitz and glitter. But that's beautiful, that's the right sort of watch. Thank you letting me join you on the journey.

Vor 8 Monate
Leslie Schramm
Leslie Schramm

@Ed Wells Sounds perfect. Will keep a look out. Thank you.

Vor 6 Monate
Ed Wells
Ed Wells

Ive purchased over a dozen pocket watches at auction for cheap. Have several Walthams, Hamiltons, Elgins, Hunter Cas etc. None ran me more than 200. Got some in lots of threes for $30 a piece. Keep your eyes open.

Vor 6 Monate
Matthew K
Matthew K

That pocket watch just screams out for a clear back to the case! Just gorgeous!! But I totally get not replacing it and using the original. Keep up the good work!

Vor 8 Monate
Quiet Wanderer
Quiet Wanderer

@follytowers I would probably want to get a acrylic caseback crystal so it's easy to polish, idealy. Or *maybe* Sapphire if scratches were the only major concern for the use case

Vor 7 Monate
follytowers
follytowers

Yes & no. I have an 18S 23J Waltham that has a clear back, or 'Display' case as its generally known, and the worry has always been when putting the watch down on a hard surface, especially since it has a (maybe original?) glass crystal.

Vor 8 Monate
will01quinn
will01quinn

Perfect timing! I just found an old Waltham Traveller belonging to my dad a couple of days ago with broken hands. I’ve ordered up replacements and will refer to your video should I need to! The watch isn’t a railroad grade watch but the engraving on the movement is very ornate. Thanks for the videos ;)

Vor 8 Monate
Matthew Holzner
Matthew Holzner

Wonderful video! As I understood it, lever-set models were set-up that way to avoid accidentally pulling out the crown and messing up the time while in the pocket. I was honored to inherit my great-grandfather's railroad watch from the 30's. He said before he got that one, he was issued a pocket watch from the railroad and only the station master could adjust it (with a key). It was required that they report to the station master once a day to have the time reset for accuracy to the second. Failure to do this would result in a fine garnished from their pay. A sticker seal was put on the watch case when given back to the user, so if the worker forgot to have it set and opened it themselves, the station master would know. Keep up the great videos!

Vor 8 Monate
Andy Keck
Andy Keck

You’re exactly correct. I have two railroad-grade pocket watches and both have the lever set mechanism protected by the bezel like that. You could never accidentally change the time setting by fumbling around in your pocket. They require that very deliberate removal of the bezel to be approved for use on the railroad.

Vor 8 Monate
Jonas Holzem
Jonas Holzem

30 seconds in two weeks, that is just incredible! What a stunning piece with a lot of history!

Vor 8 Monate
manuel amaro
manuel amaro

Bro! What a privilege to watch you do what you do. You had my full attention. Thank you for sharing your hobby with us. 😑 🙏🏽

Vor 8 Monate
Long Silver
Long Silver

awesome restoration! I just love all the perlage and attention to details back in the days, very beautiful movement

Vor 8 Monate
TurnUp De
TurnUp De

If it was actually used on a train , service was mandatory , if so , there should be initials and dates all engraved inside case

Vor Monat
Dave Yoder
Dave Yoder

The railroads and time-keeping are intimately connected. Our time zones were a result of railroad lobbying. Engineers and conductors had to have their watches inspected on a regular basis. Accurate timekeeping was necessary to avoid train collisions. I am a big fan of the Montgomery dial. Railroad watch collecting is its own separate rabbit hole.

Vor 8 Monate
Franz Ferdinand VIII
Franz Ferdinand VIII

myself, i am more attracted to the art deco-y dial, such as the one on my waltham vanguard (23j)

Vor Monat
Stefan Skoglund
Stefan Skoglund

AT least in the case of Sweden, the railway meant that society for the first time in our history had a demand for a fixed time reference for a whole country. Before that everyone used 'sun time' ie they sat the clock to 1200 when the sun was in its highest position.

Vor 7 Monate
Dave Koenig
Dave Koenig

You can water witch with this PW. I believe the blued hair spring is the key. Cases don’t seem to matter. You put a silk pocket square across your palm and slowly walk over the terrain. Water veins and metal pipes carrying liquids will momentarily freeze your second hand. So be approaching and egressing the target you declared, means the PW runs normally. You are dowsing, flowing waters, not just water tables. The neato part of this is a gentleman discreetly carries these two implements c without raising bystanders’ curiosity, and stiff breezes don’t affect the second hand inside the crystal face. My PW is a 21j BW Raymond movement in a cheap gold filled case, marked Elgin, without any RR approved banner on it’s face. Benjamin Wright Raymond founded the Illinois Watch Co. and his name on a movement meant it is their very best. And yes it has a lever set, and spade hands. Mine was made in 1937, before they went to silver non magnetic hair springs. An old water witch showed my seven year old dad this bit of the Art, in 1923, witching flowing water veins at the top of a buried muskeg, seventy feet down. The water flowed like veins in a leaf, and previous well holes got plugged with mud in the first five minutes.

Vor 8 Monate
Alexsis
Alexsis

It actually wasn't so much railroad lobbying as it was just general convenience. Originally when the railroads transitioned to the timezone system in 1883 the Postmaster General made an announcement that those were only a railroad thing and that the government was going to continue with the old system. He then proceeded to go miss his train because he was using the wrong time. It wasn't until 1918 that the US government officially adopted the timezone system. Prior to that most major towns and cities would calculate their exact local time controlled by a famous clock in the area as the master time keeper and the surrounding area around them would all use that time. Which was obviously a nightmare for the railroads trying to run a train through dozens of these mini-timezones.

Vor 8 Monate
Phil Meeker
Phil Meeker

@Boston Railfan I lived in Waltham very near the old Watch Factory for about 14 years. I remember when they redid the site to become office space and residential lofts. One of the biggest issues with the renovation was when they found barrels of radioactive luminous material buried under the floor. Keep in mind the Watch Factory literally sits on the river. So the material was no more than 200 feet from an active waterway. It delayed the project heavily and increased cost by quite a bit to properly remove and dispose of it.

Vor 8 Monate
Chuck Mellette
Chuck Mellette

great work. the multi position for timing, the railroad time telegraph with stations and railroad authorized watch service Jewlers is a real part of history

Vor 7 Monate
HG Barnes
HG Barnes

You opened that case and my jaw dropped. They must have done that to keep the watch servicers motivated. Great show, thank you.

Vor 8 Monate
David Mack
David Mack

You're like the Bob Ross of watch makers. Love watching you work. Keep it up.

Vor 8 Monate
Wristwatch Revival
Wristwatch Revival

Ha, thanks, I like that

Vor 8 Monate
YourBasicGuy
YourBasicGuy

It is so exhilerating to see someone that becomes so involved in a "hobby." There is real skill here -- and real passion! I am grateful that I found this video. I was hooked on every moment! Thank you!

Vor 7 Monate
Andy F-D
Andy F-D

Beautiful timepiece. Really enjoy these videos, watching someone with great skill and knowledge is very calming. Thank you.

Vor 8 Monate
Alex
Alex

I absolutely love watching these videos, thank you for sharing. I wish I knew what all the parts do in a watch and how they work end to end.

Vor Monat
woodstoney
woodstoney

This was so satisfying and I can't believe I sat through the entire 37 minutes of the video. Marshall has a soothing yet informative voice that makes the viewer feel as if he/she is right there watching the disassembly and reassembly as it's happening. Very nicely done!

Vor 2 Monate
1978garfield
1978garfield

So much detail on the inside that the average consumer would never see. Truly a work of art that works.

Vor 8 Monate
Eku T
Eku T

When you opened that case and I saw the movement, I literally thought I should buy this watch right now, it is super pretty!

Vor 8 Monate
Ed Wells
Ed Wells

Ive picked up a few different makes at auction, a few in lots of 3. Honestly, extremely cheap. A Waltham 7 day for 35 bucks, lot of 3 hamiltons for 250, Elgins, 3 Hunter Case. All amazing. Just keep your eyes open.

Vor 6 Monate
tradde11
tradde11

Gorgeous insides when he showed the movement. I can understand his enthusiasm.

Vor 7 Monate
Will Newcomer
Will Newcomer

You’re not the only one my man!

Vor 7 Monate
Paul Bergendahl
Paul Bergendahl

Marshall: love your site and love watching you! ❤️ FYI: the maker is pronounced "wall-tham, rhyming with ham". The watch factory building in Waltham MA is still standing, and is beautiful ❤️

Vor 8 Monate
David Rich
David Rich

Thank you! I was looking to see if someone would correct him. I saw the title and said to myself "I bet he mispronounces it" I grew up near and worked in Waltham for 20 yrs.

Vor 8 Monate
Tom Schlitter
Tom Schlitter

Awesome video, Marshall. There's something inherently satisfying about observing you bring a classic timepiece back to life. Your videos are always well done. I can hear in your narration how much you truly enjoy the art of watchmaking. Keep up the great work!

Vor 8 Monate
Nate McGrew
Nate McGrew

I just started getting into this hobby, and I told my brother, "If you feel like you're not swearing enough, you should try watchmaking." I always seem to grip the tweezers too hard and send those tiny screws flying!

Vor 8 Monate
j fair
j fair

Love the new watch cleaning angle!!! I always want to look inside the heating cylinder when you clean watches!

Vor 8 Monate
SGM 26
SGM 26

The blued hands are absolutely stunning. I can't get enough of them! The movement is also a work of art. Beautiful craftsmanship.

Vor 8 Monate
mauer
mauer

That kind of bluing looks like a type that is no longer possible due to the chemicals used in said process being effectively banned by the EPA.

Vor 6 Monate
J. P.
J. P.

I wonder if the bluing could be touched up with another heat treatment.

Vor 8 Monate
Aarron Walter
Aarron Walter

This one was special for me as I have a Waltham pocket watch that was my great grandfather’s that is almost exactly the same (mine has a power reserve indicator). So cool to see it’s inner workings more closely. Thanks for all of your amazing work!

Vor 8 Monate
Gary Phelps
Gary Phelps

that wind indicator or power reserve makes that watch alot more valuable

Vor 8 Monate
Eric Brown
Eric Brown

The watch cleaning machine is one of my favorite shots. I wish you would show it more often. I like its noise too

Vor 8 Monate
JESUS YESHUA EL ELYON elshadai Adon Ori haaretz
JESUS YESHUA EL ELYON elshadai Adon Ori haaretz

Not much grease or oil in this one😱😱🤦... No wonder many go digital 🤣

Vor 2 Monate
Jared Worsham
Jared Worsham

Great video! Loved how you had the balance wheel spinning while it was still apart, just out of the cleaner. Very nice touch. Such a great shot with the camera too.

Vor 8 Monate
Jake LaBete
Jake LaBete

I'm a relatively late addition to the army of your admirers. I enjoy your channel very much. Although not a future watch repairman, or watch anything, I still enjoy watching. Keep it up and thank you.

Vor 8 Monate
Henry
Henry

Same here - it’s mesmerizing for some reason. 😆

Vor 7 Monate
Ces1um
Ces1um

@Scott Jacobs glad to hear I’m not the only one!

Vor 7 Monate
Jaybird
Jaybird

Check out Tring Shoe Repair and Key Shop's channel.

Vor 8 Monate
Anthony Rodriguez
Anthony Rodriguez

Same I’m a newcomer and it’s so relaxing at the end of the day!

Vor 8 Monate
Scott Jacobs
Scott Jacobs

There is a zen to this sort of thing I love. I found a shoe repair channel during lockdown, and I've just added this to the list of "apparently I'm a watcher now. I didn't know that about myself before" channels. 😃

Vor 8 Monate
Magnus Osmond
Magnus Osmond

I'm always kinda surprised with how fast the washer shakes the parts to clean them

Vor 8 Monate
Dr. S. P.
Dr. S. P.

This is so well prepared, with really superb and time absorbing editing, not to mention educational, it definitely deserves high praise indeed. Great stuff!

Vor 2 Monate
judith fairchild
judith fairchild

The innards look brand new. One beautifully made watch. I really enjoyed this.

Vor 8 Monate
Don Evans
Don Evans

what a brilliant video and restoration , stunning watch . thank you for the video Marshal .

Vor 8 Monate
mah_eyes
mah_eyes

This has to be one of the most beautiful pocket watches ive ever seen, thank you for keeping this beauty alive

Vor 8 Monate
Ben Oliver
Ben Oliver

This is _so_ interesting. The railroad stuff all makes so much sense, I love that sort of detail.

Vor 8 Monate
Mike T
Mike T

Pretty cool and interesting on the railroad part of it. Thanks for doing the research and explaining it for us

Vor 8 Monate
Emrmer 1981
Emrmer 1981

Great work as always...love these videos, thanks Marshall.

Vor 8 Monate
Dexter Ford
Dexter Ford

I find it amazing that the old tradesmen would intricately decorate gear wheels that hardly anyone would ever see. What beautiful workmanship.

Vor 28 Tage
Simeon Davis
Simeon Davis

Wonderful video, I find watching this and your style so relaxing to watch. I bought a Waltham pocket watch of the same era but the back is hinged so although I dont open it too often I never tire of how beautiful the movement is.

Vor 8 Monate
Alexis P.
Alexis P.

Love the detail on pocket watches! Great watch

Vor 8 Monate
Thomas Tricarico
Thomas Tricarico

Beautiful watch and a great service job to bring that one back to life. Thanks for the journey. Kudos

Vor 7 Monate
Vladimir K
Vladimir K

Thank you, you make very interesting and inspiring videos Once when things get better around me I'll try some watch restoration as a hobby

Vor 8 Monate
Albert T (Kamomilla)
Albert T (Kamomilla)

After the Kipton train crash of 1891, American watchmaking was spurred on to create ever more reliable and accurate watches. Very well-finished aesthetically and technically ahead of Swiss watchmaking. For this I love them very much. Thanks Marshall because you are a point of reference for me.

Vor 8 Monate
colin miller
colin miller

I absolutely love watching these vids, a great hobby

Vor 8 Monate
Willter Cossak
Willter Cossak

Damn beautiful ! Thanks Marshall you've made me discover this splendid hobby and as I start I have an important question where can I find parts ? Like I have started to repair a pocket watch which has a broken main spring but I could not find a new one 🤔

Vor 8 Monate
Jim H
Jim H

My grandfather was a telegraph operator for the railroad from the 1920's to the 1950's. I have his Waltham watch. How I would love to see it work again. The train on the front dial is a steam train, and on the back is a Diesel Streamliner .

Vor 8 Monate
Outback Wack
Outback Wack

Thanks! I've always felt that movements like that deserve to be seen, not hidden.

Vor 8 Monate
Alain Peulet
Alain Peulet

What a pleasure watching you fixing all those tiny "things" !!! Need more !!!

Vor 7 Monate
Alain Peulet
Alain Peulet

Why don't you come jn Geneva ...! and near the Lake of Joux where Breguet watches are made ?

Vor 7 Monate
Psycho Chess
Psycho Chess

I own a grade 645, had it recently serviced and will get it back soon. Its a lovely daily carry for me. It runs for me at about +3 seconds a day on average. These watches should manage around +/- 30secs per week.

Vor 8 Monate
Mahir C
Mahir C

Simply amazing. Thank you, Marshall. Loves. (:

Vor 8 Monate
MadMathMike
MadMathMike

It really is a shame to cover that gorgeous movement! 😩 Great video, as always! 😊

Vor 8 Monate
Jeb Garcia
Jeb Garcia

Having Wristwatch Revival as a relative is like having a car mechanic in the family. What a blessing.

Vor 8 Monate
DaveMGmovies
DaveMGmovies

Beautiful movement and another lovely job Marshall. Great entertainment. Thank you.

Vor 8 Monate
John C Ray
John C Ray

I have been watching your videos for a while and was pleasantly surprised to see this particular watch today. I was gifted a Waltham railroad watch that is unfortunately not running but through viewing this video I learned about the set lever and so I now know why it won't set externally. The typeface (font) is different which I know indicates the age as they changed to suit the current styles. Still haven't found an example of the exact typeface I have but I really appreciate all the info I gained from you today.

Vor 8 Monate
LiveFreeAndShoot
LiveFreeAndShoot

Another great video Marshall! I'm still new on my watch journey and I've settled on Waltham grade 620 and 630 pocket watches working towards Seiko wrist watches. That makes this video especially helpful for where i am in the journey. In fact you showed how to remove the cap jewels and that's the problem I'm trying to get past right now on a grade 620. Thank you for great info and a fun look at a COA on a Waltham grade 645!

Vor 8 Monate
Graham Cohen
Graham Cohen

Another great video Marshall. So enjoyable to watch (no pun intended) you do these rebuilds. You definately have me hooked into wanting to start this hobby myself.

Vor 8 Monate
GoldenPhoenix
GoldenPhoenix

The moment you noticed the lever-set I thought "oh the mainspring must be snapped from folks trying to set it too much." I'm glad to see it wasn't catastrophic, just a simple replacement. Gorgeous piece of engineering!

Vor 8 Monate
Bobby's Fun Time
Bobby's Fun Time

I have been watching your videos for a about 6 months now, really enjoy them. I find a kind of relaxation in watching them. I just saw this video and have to ask, do you do side jobs working on watches? no big deal if not. I have a 1906 Waltham model 1883 purchased by my great grandfather in 1906. It no longer runs and has become difficult to find anyone willing to look at it.

Vor 7 Monate
Claude Vi'Eaul
Claude Vi'Eaul

Beautiful work, and indeed very beautiful on the inside too!... If it were a desk timepiece I would definitely try to get a transparent back for this, just because it's so gorgeous to look at.

Vor 7 Monate
Mrcaffinebean
Mrcaffinebean

Beautiful timepiece and as always you did a wonderful job restoring it and walking us through the process!

Vor 8 Monate
Peter
Peter

I don’t know if it’s true or not but I was once told that some of the American Railroad grade watches were even more precise and better watches than some of the Swiss watches

Vor Monat
RacingPrincipal
RacingPrincipal

Wow, the precision you work with is amazing to watch (no pun intended) 😊😊

Vor 8 Monate
Builder89123
Builder89123

I’ve been watching your channel and it’s inspired me to investigate about the pocket watch and get it repaired. I was given by my great grandfather from Germany. All I know is it’s a Kienzel, anti magnetic watch. It still runs well, but is in dire need of repair and maintenance. That’s about all I know about it.

Vor 8 Monate
Kevin Ansberry
Kevin Ansberry

Beautiful watch. I enjoy your narration and exceptional camera work!

Vor 8 Monate
Paul Wells
Paul Wells

This is now my favourite channel! It's a bit like watching Bob Ross; every video is similar to the last one, but it is so relaxing to watch and always amazing t see the finished projects.

Vor 2 Monate
Joseph Asghar
Joseph Asghar

That really is a thing of beauty. Looks lovely in it’s worn state.

Vor 8 Monate
margueritejourdan
margueritejourdan

Beautiful! I have a couple of beautiful pocket watches my dad gave me, but still too nervous to start…..

Vor 8 Monate
John Herman
John Herman

Beautiful Marshall; I have an old Waltham pocket watch that currently sits under a glass dome. I love just looking at it. Thanks as always for sharing!

Vor 8 Monate
stacie bell
stacie bell

I would never be able to work with such small parts.. you are amazing. I like it when you show the build up of dirt and oil. When you first look at it, it doesn't look that bad... it is always amazing how small the screws and parts were and now are. I love watching your channel, keep up the great job.....

Vor 8 Monate
Dave Nelson
Dave Nelson

I'm a heretic, I would have the case replated with gold to make it look perfect.

Vor Monat
Wristwatch Revival
Wristwatch Revival

I did ask the owner if she would like that!

Vor Monat
Radwanderer
Radwanderer

Such a beautiy! It deserves a glass back so one can see the beatiful artwork that's made inside

Vor 8 Monate
Rick Alger
Rick Alger

At the risk telling something I’m sure you’re well aware of I’m always fascinated by the hand engraved service and repair dates that are found inside the back covers of these old pocket watches . It’s like you feel that you’ve entered a time machine when I see these dates scratched into the metal inside the back cover. Great camera work and craftsmanship repair by you too of course 👍

Vor 2 Monate
Just Jake
Just Jake

Beautiful watch! It makes me wonder if the original owner ever witnessed how breathtaking the movement is.

Vor 8 Monate
Stephen Simpson
Stephen Simpson

Once again AWESOME!! I'm fascinated by these lovely watches. I have a new appreciation for the engineering of watches now because of you. Thank you.

Vor 8 Monate
Secu90210
Secu90210

I would absolutely LOVE to see a match like this made out of acrylic so that it's almost fully transparent! Would be SO neat to be able to watch all that movement working while the watch runs.

Vor 8 Monate
Mr SteveVee
Mr SteveVee

Wow! I have never seen a watch taken apart and re-assembled before, that was unbelievably awesome, I so want to have a go. Kudos, you are a very clever guy and you have excellent verbal skills to match, appreciate your time, thank you

Vor 8 Monate
David Dookram
David Dookram

Hey there my friend I have just subscribed to your channel and I would like to say that I am so glad that you explains everything by words and not written I am hoping I will learn a lot from you I have never done this but I love it so thank you again

Vor 7 Monate
Shahan Cheong
Shahan Cheong

Great video, Marshall. I've been a pocketwatch fancier ever since childhood, and while I'm certainly no watchmaker, I own two RR-grade pocketwatches of my own (you can see one in my avatar ^^^), and carry one of them every day. They are beautiful, accurate, and real talking-pieces.

Vor 8 Monate
Jim M
Jim M

Great video, Marshall. As a Massachusetts native aware of Waltham, Massachusetts' watchmaking history, this was really cool to watch. One tiny little thing, though: Waltham is pronounced "Wal-thAM'", not "Wal-thum". Great video, great content, love the channel!

Vor 8 Monate
David Rich
David Rich

@Glen Nash Yes, but he's working on a Waltham, Massachusetts watch.

Vor 8 Monate
judith fairchild
judith fairchild

Thanks for the info. It will be cool to Google the story of Waltham

Vor 8 Monate
Glen Nash
Glen Nash

The Waltham in the UK is his current pronunciation mind you. They had a pretty famous railway from the mid 1800's to 1900's

Vor 8 Monate
bidanchi1
bidanchi1

I want to thank you for your video. My grandfather brought home from WW1 France a very similar Waltham. Has a broken mainspring but I thought there was something significantly wrong with the keyless works as well because I did not understand the function of that little lever under the clockface. It works! Quite the relief. Thanks again for all you do.

Vor 8 Monate
DrJman's Place
DrJman's Place

Certainly one of the finest pocket watches featured on this channel so far.

Vor 3 Monate
Nigel De Wallens
Nigel De Wallens

That was just exquisite to see thank you! I think it was lovely to think they made pocket watches like that once for the railroads in the US! I am English so I do not know of that type of pocket watch! 😊

Vor 7 Monate
Midori Licht
Midori Licht

Good morning Marshal. I enjoyed watching this movement. I have watched nearly all of your videos. I am really into pocket watches. I am currently taking Mike's courses so I can start working on them. Thanks for the push to get into this hobby.

Vor 8 Monate
Marc P
Marc P

Love watching these vids. My grandmother and great uncle were watch makers.

Vor 8 Monate

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