my vintage watches

The 30-second summary.

Who doesn't like vintage military watches? Their rough exterior and practical layout gives one a sense of adventure and a link back to the war films we so love to live. 


What's so special about the watch?

The Waltham A-17 was made in three production runs in the 1950, 1952 and 1956. The one listed here is from teh 1952 batch, evident from the 10616 serial and the 17-jewel movement. The engraving on the caseback is clean and clear, which the dial and hands have aged very well. 


Its military origin makes this watch stand out, the time-only dial marked completely with utilitarian purpose, its lume faded to a clay colour.  


What are the functions of the watch?

Time only. Also comes with military vibe.


Let me tell you about the case...

The watch has a small casesize, which actually plays to its advange when it comes down to the dial. A screw-on caseback and bezel allows for easy mainitanence and cleaning (not that I advocate removing them very often). 


Through small, the long lugs are strong and sturdily mounted on to the case, with drill holes for easy strap replacement. I chose a black leather bund with a light tan back that matches the clay lume on the dial and hands well. At a glance the lugs seem to be like a pair of pincers, grabbing onto the leather, marketing a seemingly ferocious persona about the watch. 


The coin cut bezel and crown are nice and sharp, and along with the lack of heavy scratches and dents on the case, tells me that the watch has been really well maintained by the previous owner. 


Stamped ontp the caseback are the prder numbers of the A-17 - nice and deep, ready for appreciation.


And now the dial...

The matte black is chocked full of detail, mostly from the markings that serve their functional purpose as a military watch. The black dial has the texture of a chalkboard, the different types of markers painted on skillfully in white and the lume layered over in thick application.


On the outer rim of the dial are the five-minute digits, painted with the same thin width as the minute markers that follow them. The 5-minute markers along the minute track are small squares, onto which tritium dots have been dotted on.


Next up are the hour markers, thick white san-serif Arabic numerals painted in the largest font size, each accorded a generous slabbing of lume. The 24-hour markers are the last to adorn the dial, barely squeezing into their places adjacent to the large hour markers. 


Let's not forget the hands...

Syring hands on a military dial. OMG. The blue'd steel is still visible on the hour hand (while the minute hand's has succumbed to rust) and the clay lume is very much still surviving on both. At the center is the white lollipop arrow, its tip half brushed with the same lume as on the dial. Magnificent!

"Clay" - 1952 Waltham Type A-17 Military

  • Specifications

    • Hour, minute and central sweeping seconds
    • Chalkboard black dial with painted Arabic numerals 
    • 31mm stainless steel case
    • 39mm lug-to-lug
    • 17mm lug width
    • Waltham 6/0-D manual wind @ 18,000vph
    • Acrylic crystal
    • Aftermarket black leather bund strap and vintage railroad bracelet
    This is a vintage timepiece. Please expect signs of ageing and wear. Watch is checked to be in working condition when shipped. Buyers are advised to ask all questions before purchase. Accuracy of watch cannot be guaranteed and there might be unexpected issues due to its age; servicing is recommended for practical everyday use.
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