I am brand new to the forum and also fairly new to the watch collecting game. I am hoping to find out more about the following watch as I have hit a dead end and am very intrigued with my findings, thus far.
I recently won a solid 10k gold Hamilton watch, on a goodwill auction, which I was planning on fixing up a bit and then using it as nice dress watch. The listing read as follows (see link) "10K Yellow Gold Men’s Self-Winding" It also has an engraving on the back for Hooker Chemical company, which appears to be a commemoration for 25 years of service, from the company to an employee. The link to the auction listing is (I also have a picture included below):http://www.shopgoodwill.com/viewItem.as ... D=35070544
After I won the auction, I began investigating a bit, mostly in an effort to see if I would be able to get a replacement crystal, when I came across something that caught my attention. It was the following advertisement, which was an exact copy of the watch referenced, to include the "Hooker Chemical" engraving on the back: https://www.etsy.com/listing/287003845/ ... C8mfw_wcB#
The watch in my possession is not in as good of condition as the one in the above advertisement. The face on mine has some blemishes and there is some wear by the dial. The band is also in need of replacement. The watch does keep time and retain its full functionality. Most importantly, I only paid roughly 10% of what the above watch is being advertised for, and will pay another small investment, in order to get a crystal fitted.
So finally my request is as follows:
Firsts and foremost, I am hoping someone can tell me more about this watch, so I can decide what I will do with it (options i am considering are: sell it, keep as a collector's item with no further changes made, use as a dress watch and get a new leather band or invest in a full, professional restoration). Ultimately, is this watch special, a collectors item or just run of the mil and worth only about the weight of the gold?
I looked through all the catalog and could not find this particular model. I searched through all the 1950's and 60's catalogs. There are a couple models that look close but they had some differences. The case number on my watch is 852172.
I also would like some input on what the real value of the watch may roughly be. I understand I won't get a super accurate estimate, but the delta between the above advertisement and what I paid has stoked quite a bit of curiosity from me. Since I bought the watch as piece I planned on wearing, on at least a semi regular basis, I would like to know if I am walking around with a valuable collectors watch, or just a nice vintage gold watch that is worth about what I paid at auction for it. In fact if it is worth even half of what the above add has, I would have a hard time wearing it, without worrying about it getting damaged or lost.
The last request I have is to get some suggestions on what I should do with the watch, from a restoration standpoint. As a novice to this sort of thing I want to make sure I am not devaluing the piece by doing something that would affect its worth. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you very much for any input that could be provided. Have a wonderful day.