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Love Your Fellow Man Lend Him a Helping Hand"
I have been searching for this special Triangular "Waltham" wristwatch with Masonic influences for a while. The dial has various Masonic symbols in place of the numerals and a triangular hour pointer to go with the overall triangular motif. Built in to the frame at the 12 o'clock position is a loop containing the typical logo for Freemasonry (compass, square, letter 'G').
The watch is featured in American Watches, Five Decades of Style and Design. by Faber and Unger page 171. It is noted "This wristwatch is highly sought after and collectible when found in the original condition"
This is a massive watch measuring 45mm lug to lug and 40mm across at the widest part of the bezel. On the upper lug is the letter "G" within the star. Also represented is the "point within the circle." The case is 14K rolled gold with a stainless steel back. The movement is Waltham LT 2540 nickel-finished lever encasement, 17 jewels Swiss, manual wind.
" Love Your Fellow Man Lend Him A Helping Hand " is printed above the 6 o'clock position. Symbols on this watch are derived from Phoenix masonry, the Blue Lodge and York Rite bodies, such as tools of the different degrees in Freemasonry on the dial. The outer rim of the dial and bezel is outlined, symbolizes the unbroken chain of Brotherly Love and Affection. The hand are original with triangle hour, baton minute and a red tip sweeping second.
Waltham Watch Company went out of business in 1957 when it became the Waltham Precision Instrument Company.
The Finer Details
Waltham (Swiss) Triangular Masonic Wristwatch, circa 1960's
Movement: 17 jewel, manual winding
Band: Brown leather, gold plated buckle
Signed: movement, dial and case signed "Swiss Made", dial also signed Waltham
Dial: full color Masonic symbols at hours
Hands; triangle, baton and sweep
Metal: Bezel 14K rolled gold, steel back
Case Info: chain link bezel pattern, upper Masonic symbol
Case Length: 45 mm
Case Width: 40 mm across bottom edge