great aunt's watch

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great aunt's watch

#1 Post by cypressgreen » Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:39 am

1. I had it converted to quartz, but I did keep the guts. However, I cannot locate them at the moment.

2. The inside of the back case has some sort of yellow plasticky material made to fit to / cushion the new guts, so I cannot see the inside of the metal case.

3. What is inside does say and have four jewels, but I cannot read the rest of what it says.

4. Your resources here have been very helpful! I'm assuming this is one of those custom items that just used Hamilton guts?
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Re: great aunt's watch

#2 Post by afire » Wed Jan 04, 2017 8:33 am

Start by reading the first post in this thread (and the rest if you're inclined):
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Since you can't see the inner case back, you can't confirm or deny that it's marked Hamilton. But if it's not marked Hamilton on the outside, then I think you can begin to suspect non-Hamilton jeweler's case. Other than that, you just have to pore over the catalogs just like the rest of us. Even if that is a factory model that shows up in the catalogs, there's nearly 0% likelihood that anybody will recognize it without resorting to methodically scanning the catalogs themselves.
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Re: great aunt's watch

#3 Post by cypressgreen » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:33 pm

Yeah, I've looked at every catalog page I've found plus have been getting ebay and auction house alerts for a couple of years now. I've never found one with even the same face, much less the bracelet. I wish I could see the inside of the case, but when I tried to peel it up it started to crumble.
I suspect it's true then that it's just a Hamilton face and guts inside a custom case. Before I started lurking here I didn't even know that was common.
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Re: great aunt's watch

#4 Post by afire » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:08 pm

Still, it's nice looking and a big hunk of platinum and diamonds. I'm sure these were anything but cheap at the time and still have value thanks to the materials used.
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Re: great aunt's watch

#5 Post by cypressgreen » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:56 pm

Yeah, I love it and wear it all the time. It sat in a safe deposit box for a couple of decades, then, after Mom died, Dad handed off this and some other items in the box to my sister and I. I myself kept it at the bank for another decade, until I bought a home safe, which is far more convenient than a bank box and it paid for itself in just a couple of years. Eventually I decided to wear it.

Aunt Peg was a tiny woman, so I had to have extra links made to extend the band. Biggest cost. Plus they had to clean the face and I had it switched to battery. A lot of people think I'm crazy because I wear it all the time. But I say that life is short and we should enjoy what we have rather than save it for a day that never comes. I tell people it's just a glorified tennis bracelet!

It's the envy of my local jewelers and it was appraised at about 14k. But I would never sell it because it's a family piece.
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