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Re: Help me find (replica?) ribbon band for women's Tonneau watch

Posted: Thu Jun 07, 2018 5:13 pm
by mrtoad
Thanks for the pictures.

This model is known as a "Cushion" rather than a "Tonneau". You can see it in the 1924 and 1926 catalogues (http://www.vintagewatchforums.com/viewt ... f=21&t=192, http://www.vintagewatchforums.com/viewt ... f=21&t=190). Hamilton offered lots of different patterns of engraving on these cases over the years, just as they offered the cases in both solid and gold filled. It is not surprising that an older movement show up in a watch of this period: the manufacturers built movements in batches, then used them up as needed.

As you can see from the catalog pictures, this watch would probably have been sold with a ribbon band. However, the cord band and its adapter might have been put on by the seller if the buyer did not like ribbon bands. If you want to keep the cord band, you should get your jeweler to clean off the corrosion; if the jeweler doesn't stock braided leather cord, it might be found in a leatherwork shop. The ribbon band is kinder to the case, however.

The snap-on cover for the back is unusual; I've never seen one before. More people are sensitive to silver than to gold, which makes it all the more strange.

Re: Help me find (replica?) ribbon band for women's Tonneau watch

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:44 pm
by ellamama
I agree that the sterling silver back cover is peculiar. Gold sensitives are very unusual. I suspect the sensitivity was not due to gold but, actually, nickel (a commonly used alloy in white gold). Such a sensitivity was clearly common enough to make it worth Jaccard's while to create (and patent) an accessory for this specific watch case.

I'm curious that I've not yet seen photos or illustrations of other "cushion" watches with a sweep hand at the 9 o'clock position. What do folks know about this detail?

Re: Help me find (replica?) ribbon band for women's Tonneau watch

Posted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 7:13 pm
by Magpie
I'm curious that I've not yet seen photos or illustrations of other "cushion" watches with a sweep hand at the 9 o'clock position. What do folks know about this detail?
One of our forum members, HandyDan, says this on his website: "You might occasionally find a 986 movement and a dial with a 'seconds at 9' sub second register. The 986 was a ladies pocket watch movement." http://www.hamiltonchronicles.com/2012/ ... rhaul.html

A subsidiary seconds register at 9 is what your watch has. (Subs are more usually found at 6.) Sweep seconds are different: the second hand is mounted in the center and "sweeps" around the dial.

Re: Help me find (replica?) ribbon band for women's Tonneau watch

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:07 pm
by ellamama
Thanks Magpie and others who're educating me on Hamilton watch anatomy and physiology!