Online Christmas Auction

Hong Kong, Dec 11, 2019


Waltham - Historical “Maximus A” grade watch with personalized dial; “Colonial A” model; 14K yellow gold

14K yellow gold, open-face, keyless-winding, round-shaped, dress-watch; gold colour dial with subsidiary seconds at 6, a World map engraved in the centre and the name “Douglass Barnes” in the subsidiary dial. Cuvette (dome) engraved in taille-douce (fine-cut) with a poetry tittled “Opportunity” by John James Ingalls (1833-1900), American Republican politician, Senator from Kansas. Inside case-back engraved in taille-douce (fine-cut) with the portrait of a lady and the dates “July 17 – 1888. / Feb. 28 – 1905.”.

Brand American Waltham Watch Co., Waltham, Massachusetts (U.S.A.)

Year circa 1915

Movement No. 20 165 829

Case No. 426 115 (probably by Depollier Watch Case Co., New York, U.S.A.)

Material 14K yellow gold

Diameter 45.1 mm.

Caliber size 14, grade “Maximus A”, model “Colonial A”, 21 jewels, gold train of wheels, adjusted 5 positions

Signature case, dial and movement

HKD 34,400 - 41,300

EUR 4,000 - 4,800 / USD 4,400 - 5,300 / CHF 4,400 - 5,300

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3


Movement: 3 *
Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original


American Waltham Watch Company, Waltham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
One of the pre-eminent manufactures of machine-made watches, the “Riverside Maximus” and “Premier Maximus” being their highest quality hand finished products at this time – both rightly considered as among the finest watches then available.
Waltham “Colonial A” model
This watch, with its “Maximus A” grade movement and 14K yellow gold case, was probably made by the American Waltham Watch Co. at only 2 300 examples; it’s called “Colonial A” model.
The “Colonial A” came in two sizes: 14 size and 10 size; these are listed in the records respectively as “14A” and “10A”. The movement is also sometimes called “Maximus A” or “Riverside A” (the other available grade).


The movement used in this watch was produced at only 2 300 examples.