Recently I landed a shabby looking Hamilton out of the bay. The seller only showed the watch in one single and blurry photo. I wasn’t sure what it was – the dial looks like the dial of a K-416, but the lugs were different. When I opened the watch I was surprised: K-451; L&K SN L719267.
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The other K-451s I saw so far all have a dial with the full set of numerals 1 to 12:
L713308, Red Arrow Second Hand, Squares on 12, 3, 6 and 9 , HAMILTON and AUTOMATIC curved:http://www.ebay.com.sg/itm/Vintage-Hami ... 1579391322
L716470, Red Arrow Second Hand, Squares on 12, 3, 6 and 9 , HAMILTON and AUTOMATIC curved:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Hamilto ... 6016.l4276
L720260, Second Hand missing, Squares on 12, 3, 6 and 9, HAMILTON and AUTOMATIC curved:https://new.liveauctioneers.com/item/33 ... rist-watch
Others shown on the forum also have the “standard” dial with all numerals from 1 to 12:http://www.vintagewatchforums.com/viewtopic.php?p=13835viewtopic.php?p=17673viewtopic.php?f=6&t=7423Now, the big question: what do I have? Franken or real?
The problem with the K-451 is: it isn’t shown in any catalog or any other Hamilton publication I’m aware of. So, anything seems possible:
In principle, there are some Hamilton models with two dial options, e.g. the K-455:
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My watch hasn’t been opened since years, if not to say since decades. Also, it’s not likely , the dial was changed (including the hands) to sell a watch for $38.
2/Franken – dial was changed - a K-416 dial was implanted. The most likely explanation, since the dial numerals are too different from the known K-451s.
So? What’s your opinion? Any input is welcome.