Men made the switch from pocket watches to wrist watches after the first World War because they found it to be problematic to be fumbling around in their pockets to check the time with gloves on, in a trench and taking fire. Many pocket watches were converted to wrist watches in the trenches by simply soldering wire lugs on to attach them to the wrist with a strap.
From the mid 1800's through the early 1900's the USA made the best and most beautiful watches in the world. The Swiss actually made some Swiss fakes of American models.
With it's fired glass enamel dial and dark heat blued hands this watch calls back to that time and reminds you of that every time you check your wrist. Turning the watch over an extra large observation window has been cut into the case back to observe the century old movement. This watch will come with our sales receipt and our Certificate of Authenticity (COA). The idea of putting pocket watch movements from the heyday of American watchmaking into modern cases is not new. We feel that the wrong movements have been used in the past however.The conversions that watchmakers have been making have been taking the beautiful and highly accurate Railroad grade watches and casing them in custom wrist watch style cases. These are 16 or 18 size movements resulting in a ridiculously large 48mm to 56mm watches. Many require you to remove the bezel ring to get to the time setting lever. We decided that we wanted a modern sized 40-41mm watch (about the size of the traditional Rolex Submariner) that can be wound and set like a traditional wrist watch and be water resistant. The perfect movements for this task turned out to be the work horse size 6 movements made Waltham from the turn of the 20.
The result is a 40mm in diameter (excluding the winding crown), 48.35mm tall (from lug tip) and 11.75mm thick watch which we think is perfectly sized. It is big enough to be masculine, but small enough not to make you look like a kid wearing dad's watch. To build these beautiful watches we customize a brand new 316L stainless steel watch case to fit the pocket watch movement and make it work with the pocket watch style stem and winding crown arrangement. We add a scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
We also cut the full movement sized observation window in the case back and install a glass crystal. We source a vintage movement that has previously had it's case scrapped for it's precious metal content and never been the victim of a less than qualified watchmaker (we do not cannibalize complete pocket watches to make these watches) and disassemble it completely.Any worn parts are replaced, all steel components are hand polished, gold jewel settings are polished, and the screws and the regulator are polished and heat blued. It is cleaned and reassembled with all synthetic oils leaving the movement more beautiful and working better than when new. I challenge you to find a new watch with an enamel dial that sells for less than 4 digits. The pictures have been taken from every angle and represent the watch well, in fact they are 3x magnified, the dial is beautiful, and the watch is polished to a perfect shine. Any imperfections you see in the shine are just reflections the camera caught. The movement has been thoroughly serviced on 09/07/2020, and has had the screws and regulator custom heat blued. Shown here on a 6.75 inch wrist. The band is a brand new 20mm quality tan Dassari Italian leather strap with quick change bars (band can be changed with no tools and in under a minute). We will swap the tan strap for a dark chocolate brown strap free of charge upon request. The original enamel glass fired dial shows no damage and is nearly perfect. It has never been refinished, painted or molested. This is a beautiful example of this model. We are a NAWCC member and offer a 30 day return privilege. We do not guarantee water resistance on ANY vintage watch we sell. The item "Waltham 6s Pocket Watch Conversion 40mm 2TONE Marriage Wrist Watch 1905 Movement" is in sale since Friday, November 3, 2017. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "finetimepieces" and is located in Palm Desert, California. This item can be shipped to United States.