I'm new to the watch collector world and after looking for several days I have been unable to Identify this Hamilton watch. I have not removed the back in fear that I may mess something up my first round.
Any Ideas on the identity of this watch… As you will see it was awarded as a 25 years of service gift in October of 1933.
And welcome to the forum Don! I don't really collect Hamilton's from this era (the 1950's) but this watch was DEFINITELY NOT made in the 1930's (one of my areas of knowledge), I think that the date on the back is the start date of the recipient's employment , so that would make the production date of the watch around 1958. The case has the J stamp on the left side of the back (I forget the case maker's name, J. Boss?) and indicates that this watch is solid 14K yellow gold. I know that the solid 18KYG diamond logo (all of the dots and dashes are solid 18K as well, but not any of the hands) under the word Hamilton on the dial, means that the movement is the 22 jewel, 770 calibre movement which many feel was the finest that Hamilton ever produced for a wrist watch. It was only available during the 1950's,
I am looking at the 1958 Hamilton catalog (on this website) and I don't quite see an exact match for your watch. What looks like the closest one is the "Paige", the only difference that I can see is that on your watch the dial has a "sunken" sub-seconds register and the catalog illustration shows that area to be flat, not sunken.
I'm sure that one of our members familiar with this era will post a comment and properly ID your watch!
You have great instincts for not attempting to open the back of the watch. If you don't know how to work on watches, DO NOT TRY!!! It's not like fooling around with a car or other mechanical objects as watches are extremely small and sensitive machines. The lightest of touches and knowing what goes where and why is a prerequisite to even attempt working on them. They are too easily damaged, so leave it to a professional. Enjoy that watch and you will find that there are lots of really nice and knowledgeable folks here that are willing to help!