The jeweler would then fit the movement to the case in a matter of moments. Large outfits such as Sears, Roebuck & Co., Montgomery Ward, or T.
Eaton (in Canada), would offer the movements in a variety of cases of different design and quality in their catalogs.
Based in Waltham, Mass., the company produced nearly 40 million watches during the lifespan of the company, closing in 1957.
Waltham watches were made between 18 in the city of Waltham near Massachusetts in the USA.
There are many collectors of these antique watches and as a general rule of thumb the rarer and older the watch is then the more value it will have. I always use something made from a stiff plastic rather than a metal knife recommended by many people.
Thanks for reading this article on Waltham pocket watches.
I am not an expert on these watches by any means but I thought I would include a section on Waltham as that was where the Elgin company actually started from so in many ways their history is inter-linked.
The best place to start in terms of identification is to find out what type of watch you actually have. Co along with Waltham, Mass somewhere on the actual movement. Once open then check the serial numbers on the movement below and this should identify the date your watch was made.