A high quality Waltham Railway watch in superb condition.  Calibre 16A movement, adjusted in 7 positions, and lever set.


From the serial number on the movement we can accurately date this watch to being made in 1948.


Railway watches were very important.  High ranking members of staff relied on these very accurate timepieces to keep the railways running on time, and so critical was the performance that these watches have a lever set operation to set the hands, eliminating the accidental adjustment.  To set the hands you unscrew the front of the watch, slide out the lever near 11 and then turn the crown.  You can see this in the video.

We have never seen a watch designed to be adjusted to 7 positions before.  The movement is clean and running well.  The 10k rolled gold case, guaranteed for 20 years, shows no real wear.  The dial has very clear minute markers and bold Arabic hour markers, again designed for the purpose of maximum accuracy (this time from the Human reading the watch!).  These were working watches, so wear on the rolled gold cases is not uncommon, and because the front is designed to be unscrewed some dial are dirty, but not this one.  There is a small smudge on 12 where it was printed.  There is a patterned design around the front bezel and the case back to help grip when unscrewing , and this is continued with the bow.  The single Albert chain is also rolled gold, and is new.

This watch will be supplied with a presentation box and our Certificate of Authenticity.

Please see the HD video for more detail.  All photos and videos are part of the description and are of the actual watch unless mentioned.  We do not photoshop any pictures, and the images are copyright of birthyearwatches.com and should not be used without permission.


Width with crown  55.2 mm

Width without crown  49.0 mm

Case Thickness  13.6 mm

Albert chain length  230  mm

All sizes are approximate.

Included with this watch is a 2 month guarantee and free delivery to UK addresses.  If you live outside the UK we can still deliver to most countries.  Please see our Worldwide Shipping information, or Contact Us.   Payment can be made by most credit or debit cards, bank transfer or PayPal.