How they picked names of watches.

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How they picked names of watches.

#1 Post by Nookster » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:34 am

Here is a letter from Hamilton post WWII of how names should be picked. I will assume the Murray was for Mr. Murray in this document.

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#2 Post by JerseyMo » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:25 am

so is there a Nookster model in the works? :)
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#3 Post by Nookster » Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:49 am

I am going to submit it to Murray.

Funny thing is, not biblical names. No Luke, no Moses, no Joshua, no Mark, No John and no Judas? Wonder why?
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#4 Post by JerseyMo » Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:59 pm

Okay, if he replies it would be more exciting than the answer he gives.
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#5 Post by HandyDan » Thu Feb 22, 2018 7:29 pm

I wonder what 14/0 gold filled odd shaped water proof model they were referring to was? The only one I can think of is the Brandon... early in the CLDs, introduced after 1946 and one of the many "dons"
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Re: How they picked names of watches.

#6 Post by Namespetra » Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:34 pm

Nookster wrote:
Thu Feb 22, 2018 10:49 am
I am going to submit it to Murray.

Funny thing is, not biblical names. No Luke, no Moses, no Joshua, no Mark, No John and no Judas? Wonder why?
This is some great stuff. I’d like to see more of this original documentation on VWF.

I, too, have been intrigued by the selection of male names for Hamilton models from the 1930s to 1950s. Most male (and female names) seem to be WASPy and trendy for the period. I guess they are a reflection of the target market of their name. They are quaint and classy and I like them. Giving models names not only made it easier for the case manufacturers, but it has made it more enjoyable for collectors as well.

This memo reveals that the selection of watch model names was more democratic, not very secretive, and something of a dilemma for the post war period. Interesting...I would have thought the exact opposite.
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#7 Post by hamiltonelectric » Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:07 am

This is all amazing and wonderful material! I'm loving it.

This one brought up a memory because I spent a few hours with Murray Gould in 1988. He was 90 at the time, and we met at a tennis court after he finished his game(s). Quite a guy! Unfortunately he wouldn't part with his Electric prototype, which he had taken along to show me.

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