A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#11 Post by Namespetra » Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:33 pm

Findingtime, thank you for posting these high resolution images of the '67 Vantage catalog. It is a valuable contribution to the further exploration of Hamiltonia!

It is interesting to note that by 1967 Hamilton was "comfortable" enough to identify Vantage as a "Division of Hamilton Watch Company" with an East Petersburg, Pennsylvania address and telephone number.

Many of the '67 models look very period - swinging, groovy and youthful.

Alas, I don't see an image of my 21 jewel Gemini-styled model.

Anyone else have catalogs or adverts to contribute to the Vantage exploration?
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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#12 Post by JerseyMo » Thu Jan 16, 2014 8:21 pm

I can add these NOS - Automatic and Manual Vantage movements! They were among a large lot I purchased just over one year ago. The gentleman who had them was in the industry.

All or any are available to anyone who maybe interested. -

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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#13 Post by Findingtime » Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:59 am

1967 Vantage Electric B-32 pocket watch (40mm) & A-60 17 Jewel pocket watch w/ A-61 dial (37mm).

The electric pocket watch is a recent addition to my collection and was one of the hardest to find. I dare say it is even rarer than the Hamilton Nautilus 403 Electric pocket watch.

The electric pendant watches L-30 & L-31 come up for sale on eBay somewhat regularly, but the pocket watch is a different story.
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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#14 Post by JerseyMo » Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:36 am

Wonder if any of the vantage salesman read this article in the the NY Times?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/13/busin ... tches.html
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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#15 Post by technologizer » Sat Feb 01, 2014 10:05 pm

I recently acquired my first Vantage -- a model I've wanted for even longer than I've been interested in vintage watches. Got it serviced and it's running great.
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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#16 Post by Findingtime » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:57 am

technologizer,

Great watch! Gotta love Dudley! I mainly collect vintage character watches and have just about all of the Jay Ward Vantage/Buren watches!

With the 17 & 25 jewel movements, they are some of the most reliable vintage character watches out there.

Cool watch!

Thanks for posting a pic!

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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#17 Post by Findingtime » Tue Feb 11, 2014 11:44 am

Here is an unusual vantage that doesn't come up for sale very often. It is actually very comfortable to wear.
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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#18 Post by Namespetra » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:49 am

Nice Vantage! ^^^ In "Time for America" Don Sauers identifies that unusual Vantage watch in the Appendices on page 303. It is the "Canto" from 1975. Originally priced at $59.95, it came in either yellow or white gold plate with a black dial. Its original band appeared to be something similar in color and design to the classic Hamilton Ventura. Sauers also notes: "Frequently overlooked in discussions of collectible Hamiltons are the unusual and innovative Vantage designs..."

Pictured below is another unidentified 21 jewel Vantage watch. The 10k rolled gold plated bezel with a florentine finish appears in fine condition. The 18mm wide gold-tone JB bracelet (original?) is also in great shape. The watch has a stainless steel back without blemish. The gold plated numerals and markers accompany luminous dots on the clean dial. The hour and minute hands each contain a luminous stripe.

The movement is a "Standard 81," possibly made at Hamilton's factory on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It, too, is in clean, fine condition.

All in all, I think it is a fine specimen of the Hamilton brand family from the mid to late 1960s.
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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#19 Post by Azirphaeli » Sun Apr 27, 2014 3:42 pm

Hey, new user, was searching for info on a watch I just picked up, figured I'd bump this with an image:

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Re: A Hamilton by any other name...Vantage!

#20 Post by Findingtime » Mon Apr 28, 2014 4:35 am

Hello & welcome to the forum!

What a great watch to start with!

This a Vantage Min-Stop and was used to track elapsed time in minutes.

They were made by Vantage, Buren, Vulcain & others in the 60's.
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