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Ok, as suggested by Eeeb, I'm starting a thread on watches that have your city on the dial. Please post yours :-!

Mine is a double whammy, as it has both the city of my birth (Dunedin) AND the city in which I now live (Wellington) on the dial. When it came up for auction, I simply couldn't resist - also it is a very nice 1908 Omega, so that helped as well :-!



Here is Wellington (from a 70s book)



Here is Dunedin (same book)

 

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I do not live in Cheltenham, but I suppose my contribution can be allowed? A Waltham chronograph model 1874. The jeweler company Martin & Co is mentioned in Loomes and was started in 1806. They are still in business today at the same adress since 1830.



 

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A more modern example:



Always a good conversation piece, particularly since most people have heard of Rado.

Enjoy,
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I do not live in Cheltenham, but I suppose my contribution can be allowed? A Waltham chronograph model 1874. The jeweler company Martin & Co is mentioned in Loomes and was started in 1806. They are still in business today at the same adress since 1830.
I had no idea that Waltham made a chronograph, that is surely a very
rare watch.
 

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You can't see it in this photograph, but...



The watch on the right...my Waltham M1895 (made 1899) has my city, Melbourne, Australia, on the dial. In full, it reads:

"Made in USA for Tymms & Kermode, 115 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne".

As far as I've managed to find out, Tymms & Kermode was a distributor of watches and clocks in late-19th-century-early-20th-century Melbourne/Australia.

I've been to 115 Elizabeth Street but...their shop ain't there no-more...
 

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Living in Columbus, it was this watch company that got me interested in collecting watches. Founded by Dieter Gruen (yes, family started the Gruen Watch Company), the Columbus Watch Company made watches withing walking distance of my home... of course, it was in the nineteenth century so I missed it.

Anyway, I've picked up 4. Only one is a 'runner' in the sense it is maintained. Unfortunately 3 weeks after it's last maintenance, the runner died. So, to add a real runner, I had to sub in the South Bend.

Due to pre-Keynsiean economics, an economic panic caused the demise of the Columbus Watch Company. (Praise be to the Gods for John Maynard Keynes...) It was sold to the Studebaker family who moved it to their home in South Bend. So it is kind of a Columbus watch...



















 

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Waltham Experimental Watch:

16 size, 16A Model, 21 jewels incabloc shock resistant incastar regulator; serial number 33,742,007. Military case.

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And here is another with the city on the dial.

Waltham Riverside model '88:

Waltham model 1888, 17 jewels, Riverside Grade, 16+ size, Roman numeral porcelain dial.



 

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That shockprotected Waltham 1621 is the first I have seen. What do you know about it? As it was made (well the base movement at least) in 1952, was it a cold war army design study that never went beyond prototype stage?
 

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That shockprotected Waltham 1621 is the first I have seen. What do you know about it? As it was made (well the base movement at least) in 1952, was it a cold war army design study that never went beyond prototype stage?
I purchased this from my watchmaker whose family worked at the Waltham Watch Co. From what he told me it was a prototype that never went to manaufacture. He also has a 23 Jewel Vanguard, kif shock resistant, adjusted 8 positions that was a prototype. He has quite a few watches like this; that his father brought home to keep. Other than that I don't know much about them. One of the reasons I purchased it was because there were no others that I know about.
 

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I purchased this from my watchmaker whose family worked at the Waltham Watch Co. From what he told me it was a prototype that never went to manaufacture. He also has a 23 Jewel Vanguard, kif shock resistant, adjusted 8 positions that was a prototype. He has quite a few watches like this; that his father brought home to keep. Other than that I don't know much about them. One of the reasons I purchased it was because there were no others that I know about.
Interesting. Waltham must have desperately tried to find ideas improving their product. Too bad they finally gave up on the watch business shortly thereafter.
 
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