Ladies 1920s Hamilton Usa Decagon Case 14k Gold Filled Vintage Art Deco Watch For Sale
Founded in 1892, the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, PA would not officially start its watch production until March 1894, producing pocket watches mainly of railroad grade. By 1908 Hamilton was producing a lady’s pendant watch and by 1919 a small line of “wrist” watches were available, but for women only.
Hamilton entered the men’s wristwatch market rather late, introducing its first (non-military type) men’s watches in November 1922, a good 10 years after Illinois, Elgin and Waltham. Well, they quickly caught up with the other “big” American firms, producing some of the nicest Art Deco gent’s watches made…including this ladies DECAGON model from ca 1926, a 14kt White Gold filled example in great condition.
The “Decagon” (ten sided) was one of Hamilton’s first ladies Art Deco wrist models and it was released along with the “Tonneau”, “Round” and “Cushion” models. The cost was $48 for a 14kt gold filled model and $62 for a solid gold example.
This triple-signed, ten-sided case watch measures 32mm wire lug tip to wire lug tip and 27.5mm in width (30mm with winding crown). In inches this works out to be 1-1/4” long by just shy of 1-1/8” of an inch wide, not counting the crown, almost as big as a men’s Hamilton model of the same era (i.e., the Cushion or Square) and using the same size mechanism. It is powered by its original 17 Jewel, 987 grade manual wind mechanism that has been fully serviced by my valued watchmaker David prior to sale, ensuring it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
The silver, enamel finished dial is in excellent condition, professionally restored to its correct, original status. It features a 60 minute outer track border, black enamel painted numerals, blue steel Hamilton hands (one spade tip, one diamond tip) and a separate sub-seconds dial with 60 second outer chapter and ‘sweep’ original blue steel seconds hand. Signed HAMILTON below the 12.
The solid glass crystal is in excellent, clear condition. The three-piece case is 14 Karat White Gold Filled and in great to excellent shape (one touch of wear on bezel, near 4, only), a unique Decagon design that really stands out. Note the finely engraved detailing of the bezel and sides.
The gently domed winding crown is in great shape, winding smoothly. This crown pulls in and out quite easily but you need to pull it out with two fingers (thumb and index), grasping from the top and bottom equally (versus just using your fingernail).
Turning the watch over I see that the back lid is in great condition, featuring an engraved monogram that reads “MM.” Inside I find a proven, high quality Lancaster, PA made mechanism (6/0 size) that is signed Hamilton Watch Co., 17 Jewels [Grade] 987 . The serial number is 2,212,051. The inside case lid is signed HAMILTON WATCH CO., 14K GOLD FILLED, 987 - LANCASTER, PA with case number 295,387.
This timepiece has been cleaned, oiled, regulated just last week to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted with a new 14mm black smooth leather strap with fold-over ends especially designed to fit early, wire lug watches like this (i.e., watches that don’t use conventional spring bars). This watch will fit comfortably fit a wrist 6-1/4 inches to 7-1/4 inches in size – it even fits my small guy’s wrist well. That’s the scoop on a less often seen “Decagon” Hamilton – I don’t believe Waltham or Elgin made a ladies ten sided model and this is just the second Decagon I’ve ever sold.
Since 1998, Holben's Fine Watches' goal has been happy customers. I treat buyers as I like to be treated: with courtesy and respect. I’m especially proud of my excellent response and high number of repeat clients. I’m a long-standing member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), and have collected watches since I was a kid.
Watch sizes: I provide exact measurements in millimeters (the watch industry standard) and inches, and include a U.S. quarter in photos as a size reference. Draw the measurements on paper to help visualize the watch on your wrist. Remember, men’s watches from the 1910s - 1960s were smaller than considered normal today.
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Payment is due within three days of sale end, unless you’ve contacted me prior to arrange otherwise. In accordance with policy, payments not received in four days will initiate an unpaid item case through the Resolution Center.
In the rare event that a watch needs further service upon receipt, I ask that you return the wristwatch to me (or mailed to my watchmaker, David) at my expense. It will be corrected and quickly mailed back to you.
If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, add holbensfinewatches to your Favorite Sellers. I specialize in American and Swiss timepieces from the 1900s – 1970s. My selection changes weekly, and is comprised of manual wind and automatic watches from the following categories: WWI trench; WWII; military; fancy case, art nouveau; art deco; mid-century modern; stainless steel; sterling silver; white, yellow and rose gold; solid gold; platinum; and diamond, ruby and/or sapphire ladies’ cocktail watches.
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Ladies 1920s Hamilton Usa Decagon Case 14k Gold Filled Vintage Art Deco Watch: $168