Dating waltham movements

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The pictures on this page can help to identify movements without seeing the keyless work, but be careful to make sure that all the features, the shapes of the plates and bridges, the placement of the screws and pivots, are exactly the same; similar is not close enough!

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Movements from the 1920s or earlier, with cover plates that don't have integrated detent springs, don't generally appear in the Bestfit or similar books and are therefore harder to identify. There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of different Swiss movements.

The setting lever spring was an evolution of the earlier simple cover plate that simply kept all of the parts of the keyless work in place.

Stem set keyless work needs a detent to hold the crown in the winding or setting position.

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