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by HamiltonDeco
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Compulsive Solid Gold Hamilton Buckle Questions
Replies: 17
Views: 1417

Re: Compulsive Solid Gold Hamilton Buckle Questions

I have several genuine NOS signed Hamilton straps from 1930-1950. Most are 5/8" (16mm) regular length in tan to brownish pigskin with single or twin keepers (in leather or metal). A few have signed Hamilton gf buckles. All seem supple but are probably best used for display purposes rather than daily...
by HamiltonDeco
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Hamilton and early aviation
Replies: 10
Views: 889

Re: Hamilton and early aviation

Great info! My 981 movement #2035370 is in a 1919 round silver Fahys case #9863019. I've read that about 300 watches were made in this configuration. It's on a smooth black Kitchener strap that pairs well with the military shadowbox dial.
by HamiltonDeco
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:37 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Best leather treatment for straps/bands!
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Re: Best leather treatment for straps/bands!

Yes, that's the stuff--Obenauf's LP. It's been around about 30 years. People have compared the consistency to cold Crisco! Rub the paste in with your fingers and put the item aside for a day or two. It was recommended to me by a custom leather craftsman who uses it on everything he makes.
by HamiltonDeco
Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Top 10 (or 12) list of favorite Hamilton wristwatches?
Replies: 23
Views: 3799

Re: Top 10 (or 12) list of favorite Hamilton wristwatches?

Hard to distill to just 10-12 favorites. Lots of great suggestions. Here are mine (in no particular order): Oval 14k green engraved 831 (17j) movement in Fahys silver case Coronado Spur Piping Rock Contour Seckron Otis Bentley Canteen from WWII Byrd Tonneau solid gold And... the great and complicate...
by HamiltonDeco
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Best leather treatment for straps/bands!
Replies: 2
Views: 198

Best leather treatment for straps/bands!

Obenauf's paste (not oil) is the best way to condition and preserve NOS and modern straps/bands including exotics. Used sparingly it will darken leather for just a day or so before the color returns to normal. A 4 ounce tub is about $11 online or at better shoe stores. Simply amazing stuff!
by HamiltonDeco
Sun Jul 08, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Hamilton and the NAWCC
Replies: 4
Views: 493

Re: Hamilton and the NAWCC

When I first read about the Hamilton Project in the NAWCC weekly newsletter I asked Tom Wilcox to be included. I provided him with names and contact info for enthusiasts he may have overlooked, like Bryan. I think there were nine people on the initial conference call. There were some good "first ste...
by HamiltonDeco
Sat May 12, 2018 3:39 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Thought this would be fun.
Replies: 16
Views: 1610

Re: Thought this would be fun.

How about a first generation Piping Rock with red enamel or custom bezel?
by HamiltonDeco
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: A new eBay low?
Replies: 7
Views: 773

Re: A new eBay low?

I think this eBay seller may need a new "Master Watchmaker."
by HamiltonDeco
Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Dear EBay Sellers:
Replies: 286
Views: 52976

Re: Dear EBay Sellers:

It's always great to find a vintage Hamilton in the original box. A seller can be excused for selling a mismatch they bought that way. Too often I think there's an intent to drive up the price of a watch by adding an "original" inappropriate box from a different era, either older or newer (or a comm...
by HamiltonDeco
Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Hamilton Watch Forum
Topic: Hamilton Collecting Opinions Sought
Replies: 7
Views: 756

Re: Hamilton Collecting Opinions Sought

I started collecting Hamilton (and later two-tone Illinois) because my research indicated they were the premier American wristwatch and had lots of factory history/documentation. I narrowed it down to pre-WWII Art Deco models and sought the best available examples of the watches that appealed to me ...