Ladies 1930s Hamilton 14k Solid Gold Machine Age Vintage Art Deco Cocktail Watch For Sale
holben Store 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! Yes, Hamilton entered the men’s wristwatch market rather late, introducing its first (non-military style) men’s watches in November 1922, a good 10 years after Illinois, Elgin and Waltham. Well, they quickly caught up with the other American firms, producing the highest-grade American watches ever made.
I am very pleased to offer for sale the following vintage Hamilton timepiece, an original ladies 14kt Solid Yellow Gold model that dates to 1938. This is the very first time I have seen or owned this particular model before, a quintessential Machine Age, Art Deco stepped case design that my photos fail to do justice to. I have searched through my vintage Hamilton advertisements (about a hundred and fifty) and could not find this model.
This triple-signed watch measures 25mm end to end and 14mm in width (15mm with crown). This converts to 1 inch in length by 9/16 of an inch wide, including the crown, and it is fitted on black cord bracelet strap that makes the overall length 7-3/8 inches, easily adjusted shorter (or longer) by me before mailing to the winning buyer. It is powered by its original 17 jewel, manual wind 911 caliber movement that has been fully serviced by my watchmaker David to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
The ivory color, matte enamel finished dial is in excellent condition and has not been restored. It features applied 18kt solid yellow gold numerals, a 60 minute outer track border and yellow gold Lance-style hands. Signed HAMILTON below the12.
The solid glass crystal is in excellent shape and clear. The two-piece, 14 Karat Solid Yellow Gold case is also in excellent condition, a wonderful late 1930s design with a very “Machine Age” Art Deco look given its stepped sides and block lugs. The matching and original yellow gold finished winding crown (correctly unmarked for this period ) is in excellent shape, operating smoothly.
Turning the watch over I see that the back lid is in excellent shape with no wear or engravings, stamped HAMILTON at one edge. Inside I find a clean oval-form movement that is signed Hamilton USA, 17 Jewels [Grade] 911 with serial number T19,876. This serial number dates the watch to ca 1938 as per production records.
The inside of the back lid is stamped 14K GOLD, L&W, 6195. The L&W stands for the case makers Lutringer & Wittmer while the number 6195 is the watch model number, as assigned by Hamilton.
This lovely timepiece has been disassembled, cleaned, oiled and regulated to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted on a correct, vintage 1930s black cord bracelet with matching yellow gold filled fittings that measures a total length of 7-3/8 inches. If you need the band shortened (or lengthened) just let me know and I will custom size it for you at no charge. Well then, who is going to be the new owner of this beautiful, Machine Age, Art Deco cocktail watch? If you are the winner I bet you will be very glad you did!!
- 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 am especially proud of my excellent response and high number of repeat clients.
- Watch sizes: I provide exact case measurements in millimeters (the watch industry standard) and inches, and include a U.S. quarter in one photo as a size reference. Draw the measurements on paper to help visualize the watch on your wrist. Remember, watches for men made from the 1910s to 1970s were noticeably smaller than what is considered normal today.
- Buyers outside the United States with less than five response: please take a moment to introduce yourself via the message system prior to offerding. Otherwise, your offer may be retracted.
- U.S. winners pay $7.75 for fully insured, safely boxed USPS First-Class Mail shipping. Washington State residents (and those with shipping addresses in Washington State) are required to pay 8.6% sales tax.
- Canadian buyers pay $22.00 for Registered Air Mail shipping with tracking (I pay the insurance) or $36 for EMS Global Express, about 5 days faster. International buyers pay $49.00 (actual cost) for EMS Global Express Mail with tracking and insurance, the insurance part covered by me.
- International buyers, please note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to offerding. I ship within 24 hours of receiving your cleared payment but your local custom authorities can cause delays. Expect it to take 7 to 30 days for international delivery.
- Payment is due within three days of sale end, unless you have 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, in NYC) at my expense. It will be corrected and quickly mailed back to you.
- If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, add me as one of your favorite sellers. I specialize in American and Swiss timepieces from the 1900s to the 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.
Our sister store, Holben's Fine Watch Bands, offers an extensive selection of straps including Bonetto Cinturini, deBeer, Di-Modell, Hadley-Roma, Hirsch and Staib; deployment clasps and buckles; metal bracelets; German military Bunds; UTC ballistic nylon G10; open-ended; James Bond striped, leather and woven NATOs; WWII canvas military; genuine and silicone rubber divers; carbon fiber; Kevlar; LORICA; Cordura; GT rally tropic perforated; alligator-, crocodile-, lizard-, ostrich-, shark- and buffalo-grain; chrono sport; riveted; waterproof / water resistant and woven/braided.
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