Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.

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Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.

#11 Post by afire » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:39 am

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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Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.

#12 Post by ashleytt » Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:22 pm

Would love help identifying this watch from my grandmother
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Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.

#13 Post by Dave » Thu Dec 29, 2016 3:40 pm

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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#14 Post by ashleytt » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:03 am

Thank you!!

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#15 Post by nsab » Sat Feb 11, 2017 1:51 pm

Hi, I would love some help IDing this diamond watch. I went through the entire catalogs and could not find this exact model. Although I found two that resembles it with the circle diamond band. My guess is that it could have been manufactured from 1957-early 60's.

I don't know how to remove the backing so don't have a picture of the inside.

Any info would be appreciated!
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Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.

#16 Post by afire » Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:49 am

nsab wrote:I went through the entire catalogs and could not find this exact model.
I think that's about all anybody can do. The case looks pretty similar to the 1968 Lady Lancaster HH. There are a couple of years around this time with no catalog yet found. Maybe it was a model based on the Lady Lancaster HH but with a different dial and diamond bracelet from one of the years missing a catalog?
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Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.

#17 Post by Dave » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:43 pm

Lady Lancaster S. Middle of the page. The bracelet would have been available separately.

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#18 Post by nsab » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:32 pm

Thanks so much for this info! I really appreciate it.

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#19 Post by error404 » Thu Mar 23, 2017 6:34 pm

I'm reposting my newly acquired watch here, since now I believe is a contract case.

The closest thing that I found was the Kimberly 125-B. But it was 10k instead 14k and had 6 diamonds instead of 10.

Regardless, my hat is off to whoever made the case, since it's a work of art.
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Re: Identifying ladies' diamond Hamilton models.

#20 Post by afire » Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:20 pm

I agree, it's not a Hamilton case. But honestly, I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference. The value of a watch like this is more as an antique jewelry piece than a collectible watch. If it's solid gold, real diamonds, well made, looks great, then that's where the value lies.
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