Hamilton 14K White Gold Ladies Watch

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Hamilton 14K White Gold Ladies Watch

#1 Post by Carlyle » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:59 pm

I inherited the attached Hamilton Watch. I know nothing about it (although it works perfectly). Can someone identify what model it is and a rough range of value.

Thanks so much.
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Re: Hamilton 14K White Gold Ladies Watch

#2 Post by vintagehamiltons » Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:53 am

Feel free to search the dealer catalogs, probably the Diamond collection.

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Re: Hamilton 14K White Gold Ladies Watch

#3 Post by hamiltonelectric » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:00 am

Hamilton made literally thousands of different styles of diamond ladies' watches over a 60-70 year period. While many were listed in Hamilton catalogs, Hamilton also offered custom cases which could be special-ordered. As an early factory promotion pointed out, "Under this program jewelers may recommend that a customer have her diamonds set in a stock case, or -- as happens in many instances -- a special, one-of-a-kind design may be drawn to the customer's specifications, incorporating items of outdated jewelry into a strikingly modern case. The watch case division now has about 200 stock case styles, each style having individualized end ornaments. The possible combinations of cases and end ornaments is, therefore, almost infinite and is limited only by the imagination." This vast variety makes it impossible to establish a comprehensive listing of all the types of diamond watches made.

Complicating matters further, the majority of "Hamilton" diamond watches were not actually made by Hamilton. These have cases which were privately made by independent jeweler-craftsmen. These jewelers would purchase the least expensive gold-filled Hamilton watches they could find (new or used), scrap the cases, and use the movements in their own custom-made cases. This was extremely commonly done in the 1930s to the 1950s. The way to determine this is to snap open your case and gently remove the movement from the case back to see if the inside of the case back is stamped with the Hamilton name and Lancaster, PA address. Privately-made cases do not have the Hamilton name marked anywhere on the case, only the dial and movement. If your case is not plainly stamped with the full Hamilton name and address there would be absolutely no way to find information since it would not have been factory produced.

There is very little collector interest in ladies' watches, unfortunately. These were expensive when new, were typically treasured by their owners, and if they stopped working or went out of fashion they were carefully tucked away. Consequently a huge percentage of these still survive today, and supply vastly outstrips demand. A quick glance at eBay completed sales will show you just how little these typically get. (Ignore active auctions, a lot of people put unrealistic prices on them and the watches go unsold. Only completed sales give valid numbers.)

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Re: Hamilton 14K White Gold Ladies Watch

#4 Post by Carlyle » Sat Oct 20, 2018 8:19 am

Thank you. I can now wear this watch on regular basis rather then "special occasions". After all these years of being tucked in a drawer and still ticks. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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