Can someone tell me the year and name of this watch?

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Can someone tell me the year and name of this watch?

#1 Post by BlueSkies » Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:36 pm

I am afraid to take the back off.
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Re: Can someone tell me the year and name of this watch?

#2 Post by afire » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:41 pm

BlueSkies wrote:I am afraid to take the back off.
Unless there's a Hamilton marking on the outside of the back of the case, that might be the only way to determine whether it even is a genuine Hamilton watch. It being a slow afternoon at the office, I looked through a bunch of catalogs, mid 1930s to mid 1960s, which was sort of the golden era of these tiny diamond set cocktail watches. I didn't find a match. What I suspect you may have is a Hamilton movement in a privately made aftermarket case. This was a common practice. Jewelers would buy either a lower-end gold filled model or used Hamilton watch, scrap the original case, create a new precious metal and often diamond studded case and resell it.
Real men wear small watches.

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Re: Can someone tell me the year and name of this watch?

#3 Post by BlueSkies » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:02 pm

Thank you! The outside back of the watch doesn't have any markings on it.
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#4 Post by afire » Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:16 pm

Then I think it's likely an aftermarket case, but you'd have to look for markings inside to be 100% certain.

If it does end up being aftermarket, that's not to say that it doesn't have value. It doesn't have value as a collectible Hamilton watch, but it certainly has value as a piece of precious metal and diamond jewelry.
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Re: Can someone tell me the year and name of this watch?

#5 Post by BlueSkies » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:54 pm

I wouldn't know how to start to open it. It does tell the correct time. I really wanted to know the year. I love it regardless, but I wanted a real Hamilton watch.

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#6 Post by Magpie » Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:56 pm

To satisfy your curiosity (and ours), you might wish to ask a good jeweler/watchmaker to open the case of the watch for you. If you decide to do that, please get a clear photograph of the inside of the case back, as that should give some information about the casemaker (and while you're at it, do get a photo of the movement too). Then we might be able to tell you more.

Whatever it turns out to be, it's a very pretty watch -- enjoy it!

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#7 Post by BlueSkies » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:24 pm

Thank you so much. I'm a little disappointed that it isn't a original Hamilton, but I am in love with it. When i get it checked out I will post. I wanted to get the lock clasp fixed on the little chain. I still am dying to know the year..

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