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 Post subject: Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.
PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:39 am 
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A "contract case" is a case made by an unaffiliated jeweler and fitted with a Hamilton movement. Apparently jewelers could make money by buyer either used Hamiltons or new ones in cheaper gold filled cases and recasing them in precious metal cases, usually white gold or platinum, occasionally yellow gold, and usually with diamonds on the case or dial or both.

The reason "contract case" is in quotes is because these were not made under any contract, although sellers sometimes like to suggest this to make the watch seem more legitimate. But not only did Hamilton not contract for these watches to be made, they actively tried to prevent it, admonishing their authorized dealers not to do this or facilitate others doing it.

Consequently, these aren't really collectible as Hamilton watches. But they certainly have a value of their own thanks to the use of expensive materials and often attractive appearance.

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 Post subject: Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:22 pm 
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Would love help identifying this watch from my grandmother


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 Post subject: Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.
PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:40 pm 
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It looks like one on the cover of the 1973 catalog. Unfortunately, we don't have the ladies' catalog page from that catalog.

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 Post subject: Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.
PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:03 am 
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Thank you!!


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