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Waltham 16s 23J Riverside Maximus
14K Case and Rare Damaskeen

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Waltham Watch Co. 16 size 23 jewel open face lever-set Riverside Maximus with a 14K gold case.  The movement of this watch is quite rare featuring a very seldom seen circular damaskeen pattern, typically the Riverside Maximus grade was embellished with an ornate damaskeen.  This circular pattern is seen most often among the very scarce wind indicator version of the Riverside Maximus, but was also made with a very small number of non-indicator examples such as this which is the first I've owned.  Watch is fronted by a double-sunk enamel dial.  Case is made by Robert & Foster and has a presentation engraving on its cuvette of "Robert E. Buffum from Nay & Abbott Feb'y 1st, 1904."  Movement serial number is 17009731.  Gross weight of assembled watch is 56.0 dwt (87.1 grams).

Running and a beautiful movement with excellent color and luster.  Dial faces up very well with just a faint hairline below the seconds-bit at 28 minutes.  Case is very nice with an excellent in hand look and feel and has just a few mild dings on its band, the most significant of which is at the 5 O'clock area and is evident as a mild small flat spot near the hinge.  Good glass crystal.