Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Hamilton Bentley!

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Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Hamilton Bentley!

#1 Post by slinfiniti » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:44 pm

I stumbled across this from an obscure auction house in the United Kingdom. I need some help. I need a new crystal. This is a bit scratched. I am looking to acquire a proper period correct watch band. I would love some ideas. I will source the correct hands as well. The dial needs some love as well.

I really was not looking for this, it fell in my lap for $265 US and $48 for shipping and handling. This is a keeper. I do sell some of my restoration projects, this one, I’ll keep for awhile.

Thank you for the help as always.
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Re: Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Hamilton Bentley!

#2 Post by Squash61 » Wed Jul 18, 2018 1:59 pm

Wow great find.
EBay has the crystal.
https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre ... 2448704767

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Re: Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Hamilton Bentley!

#3 Post by coronado » Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:05 pm

You also need a 982 movement, and the correct dial. That dial is from a Clark, not a Bentley.

If you search for 982 movements on eBay, you might get lucky and find one with the correct Bentley dial.

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Re: Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Hamilton Bentley!

#4 Post by slinfiniti » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:13 am

Thank you for the tips. Is there a movement serial number range that I need to target. I’ll throw this out, does anyone have a “extra” Bentley Dial, worn or new,that I could acquire. I can have a feel thing this may be a long term project.

Thank you again.

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#5 Post by coronado » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:16 am

The Bentley was catalogued from 1937 to 1939, but was made through at least 1940 or 1941, and maybe a little later.

Here is the movement serial number list so you can find a movement in the correct range:

http://www.vintagewatchforums.com/viewt ... ?f=24&t=28

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#6 Post by slinfiniti » Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:06 am

Thank you very much.

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Re: Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Hamilton Bentley!

#7 Post by randy van » Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:42 am

Congratulations on your find. As far as the period correct strap goes, look at the Hamilton catalog images from 1937-39. They all show the Bentley with a pig skin strap. It takes a 5/8" size. Here's mine, with a vintage pig skin strap. You should be able to find one without too much difficulty at a NAWCC Mart, or maybe on eBay. Reproductions are on the market. They are 16mm in size, very close, but not 5/8*.
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Re: Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Hamilton Bentley!

#8 Post by adam78 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:38 am

Looks great on your wrist, Randy.

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#9 Post by Nookster » Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:37 pm

A great watch, dials are not that common, but you may get lucky. I will more than likely have correct movement (year you need) and hands, not so sure on dial.
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Re: Knock, Knock, Who’s There? Hamilton Bentley!

#10 Post by Findingtime » Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:02 am

That's a beauty! Great buy!

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