985869: an interesting case

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985869: an interesting case

#1 Post by Namespetra » Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:51 pm

Could this be an M Series model? Or something from the missing 1970 Hamilton catalog?

It has an unusual case design: stainless steel case back AND lugs with a 10k yellow filled gold "cap." This model looks like a typical round Hamilton until you inspect the lugs and notice that they are quite narrow (14mm width) and are a part of the stainless steel case back. This marked Hamilton Star case features a gold filled cap. This arrangement is indicated inside the watch case and on the case back. It runs a grade 694A movement. The case number is 985869.

Are there other Hamilton models with a gold cap and stainless lugs/case back?
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Re: 985869: an interesting case

#2 Post by Just 1 More » Wed Jul 05, 2017 1:40 pm

You have a 1971=72 Dateline A-477 it takes a special bracelet that goes over and covers the lugs I still have not found the correct bracelet for mine

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Re: 985869: an interesting case

#3 Post by Namespetra » Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:54 pm

Thanks so much for sleuthing this one! I reviewed the catalogs but nothing caught my eye because I was looking for what I thought would be its most obvious feature, the narrow lugs. It makes sense that the lugs would be stainless and a part of the case back if it was designed to accept a specialty bracelet that would fit over them. From the catalog image, however, it looks like an integrated bracelet since the lugs are not visible. I now know better!

After your help I went back to the catalogs and found something interesting under the "Unknown '70s Pages." The 1971/2 Dateline A-477 model is depicted there but identified as the CA-4000. You can see it in the bottom left corner. Same watch, different name?
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Re: 985869: an interesting case

#4 Post by Dave » Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:10 pm

Looks like the difference between the A-477 and the CA-4000 is that one is 10k gold filled and the other is 10k RGP.
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Re: 985869: an interesting case

#5 Post by Nookster » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:51 am

I don't know if the band is original, but sometimes the bands will make it a different watch.
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