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Re: Post Your Mystery Hamiltons Here.

#111 Post by vintagehamiltons » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:09 am

tnwareagle89 wrote:Received this as an anniversary gift - need help identifying it
At first I thought is was a Dateline A-680 - case looks exactly the same; however, dial is totally different
I looked through the 1964-1970 catalogs and couldn't find it

Any thoughts?

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I have the same dial, different case.

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#112 Post by tnwareagle89 » Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:44 am

is this dial what normally goes with your example's model? which model is that?

wonder if what I have is a "franken" of sorts

Thanks for the help

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#113 Post by vintagehamiltons » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:24 am

tnwareagle89 wrote:is this dial what normally goes with your example's model? which model is that?

wonder if what I have is a "franken" of sorts

Thanks for the help
My case looks like the A-678, but the 1966 & '68 catalogs show a different dial. I've not been able to find this dial in the catalogs. :(
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#114 Post by Nookster » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:20 pm

I would guess that those two models are correct with different dials as they are from 68' and I don't believe we have a 69 catalog? Who knows, but those two dials are super cool.
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#115 Post by tnwareagle89 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:22 pm

This arrived today - would like more info if available

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14KT Case / Star & Co - Inside reads "P509525"
Case # 927469
29.7mm wide / 28.6mm tall
680 movement
11/16" lugs

Really like this dial - looks like some of the "TM" series as well as some variations of the Fontainebleau models

Smallish case, but still I can wear it

As stated in the "incoming" thread - I thought I'd seen one posted here, but couldn't find it - if already posted, sorry

BTW...the "scratch" on the crystal is actually a hair or something because it keeps moving around - will have that removed (or not) :)
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#116 Post by Nookster » Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:21 pm

A beauty, I was about to list and sell one of those.
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#117 Post by tnwareagle89 » Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:53 am

Bummer, Mark - would've preferred to buy it from you

Is there a formal name or does it just go by its case #?

I assume it's from the 60s

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#118 Post by Grandson1512 » Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:38 pm

So I not so recently inherited a Hamilton watch from my late grandfather. I've never been much for wearing a watch, only ever wearing it for luck to job interviews, but it seems the luck has paid off. I have a more formal uniform than I previously did, and a watch doesn't look out of place anymore.

Anyways, any chance someone could ID his old watch for me so I can try to find a correct band? It currently wears some stretchy band that says "Speidel" on it and was made in China. I think it looks okay if I can't find an original, but I'm open to some watch afficianado help.

Here's the watch: http://imgur.com/a/7bSUL
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#119 Post by mfa2390 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:55 pm

Hello All,

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/ ... oC8mfw_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.

-MFA
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Re: Post Your Mystery Hamiltons Here.

#120 Post by tnwareagle89 » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:24 am

Welcome to the forum

Very nice watch - I believe it's from the mid-late 1970s

The closest model I found in the catalogs is the Day n Date ST-4500 (10K Gold Filled); while that watch was not solid gold, the case shape is the same

The Day/Date feature are at the "3" position as opposed to yours at the "6"

Given it's a "Masterpiece", the watch likely came from the Hamilton Awards Division and I don't believe those were part of the regular catalog lineup

Hope you find a crystal for it - add a nice strap and you're good to go!

Everyone else...please weigh in if anything I typed is incorrect

Thanks
Todd

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