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Engraving Photos

#1 Post by MPassaro » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:13 pm

If it would not be too much trouble would you all mind posting a few photos of the back of any watches that have a particularly nice engraving on them? As in a personal engraving.... Don't take new photos, just if you have them handy on your computer...

I've seen some real gems before in posts and photo threads. I think there was a Christmas themed post this past Christmas on the other site.

Thanks for your help
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#2 Post by HandyDan » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:25 pm

Carlisle

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Endicott

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Grant

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Lester (I love this one)

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Linwood

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Webster (I love this one too)

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Wilshire

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Re: Engraving Photos

#3 Post by Dave » Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:42 pm

Here's the back of my Greenwich. It looks like they did this to cover up somebody else' personal monogram.

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#4 Post by gatorcpa » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:42 pm

Here are a couple of interesting non-Hamiltons:

Omega Ref. 2179 "US Army"
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This one was given as an award at a military basketball tournament just after WWII

Eternamatic Centenaire Chronometer
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This seems to have been a special order caseback with the Alcan logo. I think the recipient was once the mayor of the county in Quebec where the old headquarters was located.

Here are my engraved Hamiltons

Donald
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My guess is that this piece was engraved by Hamilton. I've seen many of these from various companies all with the same engraving style.

Square Cut Corners
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No further info on this piece.

Cushion Plain
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I could find no information on this company or the recipient. There is a company with the same name in the Chicago area, but it was recently founded. I purchased the watch from a Canadian seller.

Looking forward to seeing many interesting engravings,
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#5 Post by vintagehamiltons » Wed Apr 18, 2012 2:53 pm

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#6 Post by stales » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:29 pm

Names / Known
Electric Van Horn 14K SYG
Presented to H Groelly For Loyal Service 1933 - 1958 NOPCO
(National Oil Products Company)
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Ross CGF
Harry A. Reifin, from his devoted staff, 9-6-44
Held the role of Supervising Inspector, Department of Labour, 348 Federal Building, Detroit, Michigan during 1941-42
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Perry YGF
Harvey O. Beek May 24-1932
Harvey Beek, M.D. University of Minnesota. Local physician and instructor at the University of Minnesota.

Harvey O. Beek was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended Harvard University and received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota. He began his career as an internal medicine specialist in 1934 at Miller Hospital in St. Paul. During World War II, Dr. Beek served with the U.S. Army's 26th General Hospital Unit. After the War, he returned to St. Paul and worked at the Wilder Foundation for the next 38 years. In addition, he was an instructor in the University of Minnesota's Medical School. Dr. Beek retired from his medical practice in the early 1980s.

Dr. Beek was also very active in the opera and performing arts community in St. Paul. His first experience with the opera was when he was stationed in Bari, Italy during World War II. Upon his return to Minnesota, he became involved with the St. Paul Civic Opera. He served on its board for 10 years (1957-1967) and as its president for six years (1960-1966). He also served on the boards of the Chimera Theatre, the St. Paul Arts and Sciences Foundation, St. Paul Philharmonic Society and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Harvey Beek died in 1990.
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Rodney 14K SYG 1942
Presented to Chester W. Piese for more than a quarter century of service
Owens-Illinois Glass Co. 1942

Good ol' Chester did his time with the O-IGC and is likely related to some folk in Toledo OH - but beyond that he didn't seem to leave a mark. However his employer is still with us and a very famous brand. Founded in 1903 and headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio. The founder, Michael J. Owens, invented the automatic bottle-making machine, which became the foundation for today's glassmaking industry. If we stretch things a bit, there's a Hamilton-esque link; originally called the Owens Glass Company, it merged with the Illinois Glass Company to become the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1929. Sound familiar?
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Gladstone WGF
J.R. HOFFMAN From B.I.P.&L. SERVICE CLUB -1928-
(No info what BIP&L stands for – anyone have any ideas?)
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Reardon 14K SYG
BUIST M ANDERSON 25 YEARS (date) CONNECTICUT GENERAL
Connecticut General is a Life Insurance Company still in operation. Buist M Anderson authored a book in 1991, "Anderson on Life Insurance". BM Anderson listed as deceased (researched him March 2011). Possibly related to Dr Dudley Buist Anderson - Oncology, Hematology, alive today at Wilson North Carolina.

The Buist M Anderson Distinguished Service Award is awarded by the Association of Life Insurance Counsel each year. The Award is named after its first recipient in 1993; it is bestowed by the Board of Governors on long-standing members who have provided outstanding service to the Association and to the life insurance bar, the life insurance industry, or colleagues in the life insurance bar.
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Names / Unknown:
Sutton (inside case back)
Albert to Annie
Interesting – a guy gave a man’s watch to a woman.
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Square B Plain YGF
JOHN L. UNDERWOOD
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Richmond 18K SYG
JOHN T. ENGLISH
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Raleigh WGF Keystone Engraved
Alfred Schroeder
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Tiffany Pierre 14K SWG
TO R.H.L. FROM DAD July 9, 1937
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Essex CGF
Dorothy to Jebb 9-16-42
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Christmas:
17J 912 Pocket Watch WGF
Paul Revere Knight, From Mother Dec.25th 1924
Possibly born in the 1890s in the New England region.
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#7 Post by hamiltonelectric » Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:40 pm

Richard Blakinger was Hamilton's general counsel and Executive Vice President until he was named President of the company in May, 1967. Blakinger had the dubious distinction of being the person responsible for closing down all US production on January 6, 1969.
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#8 Post by hamiltonelectric » Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:23 pm

Not a wristwatch, and not actually a Hamilton -- but it's a "pre-Hamilton", a Lancaster Watch Co. pocket watch made in the same factory building that Hamilton would buy out several years later. To me it's a wonderful piece because of the very elaborate engraving, and its obvious link to the rich Pennsylvania Dutch heritage of Lancaster. The engraving reads "Geburtstagsgeschenk der Singchors der Deutschen Ref St. Joh, Gem, zu Lanc PA. Ihrem Dierigenten, Louis Bauman, am 26 may 1884" which translates to "Birthday gift from the Choir of the German Church of St. John, in Lanc. PA, to their Director, Louis Bauman, on May 26, 1884."

Bauman was born in Bavaria in 1852 and emigrated to Lancaster in 1869, where he worked as a candymaker until he died sometime after 1930.

It's an "Elberon" grade, one of the scarcer movements made by Lancaster Watch Co.
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#9 Post by 441victor » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:51 pm

My only engraved Hamilton is a Contour. It's Hamilton engraved for presentation to John J. McKeo rewarding 21 years at Burroughs Wellcome & Co.

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I can find nothing about the man but the company was founded in London by American pharmacists in 1880 and was eventually merged into Glaxo Smith Kline the pharma giant. Joel

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#10 Post by salleh » Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:38 pm

The only engraved Hamilton I have had is this solid gold pocket watch ......and it came in the original jewelers presentation box ......I just love this dedication .......


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What a long strange trip it's been......

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