Ladies Mint 1930s Hamilton Solid Platinum & 22 Diamond Vintage Art Deco Watch
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Ladies Mint 1930s Hamilton Solid Platinum & 22 Diamond Vintage Art Deco Watch:
Founded in 1892, the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, PA would not officially start its watch production until March 1894, having first chosen the name Columbian Watch Co. but this name was already copyrighted by the Waterbury Co. The name "Hamilton" was derived from Lancaster’s founding father, Mr. Andrew Hamilton, a Scottish-born attorney who was instrumental in the growth of Lancaster.
By 1908 Hamilton was producing a lady’s pendant watch and during the WWI period a small line of military style watches were available for men. Hamilton never looked back, arguably producing the highest quality American made watches from the 1920s through the 1960s.
I am pleased to offer for sale the following ladies vintage ladies watch from the Hamilton firm, a Solid Platinum & 22 Diamond late Art Deco beauty that dates to the late 1930s (ca 1937 to 1939). This vintage cocktail model (or “evening” watch) is in excellent PLUS condition, my photos don’t do it justice.
It measures 38mm lug tip to lug tip and 15mm in width (16mm with original winding crown). This works out to be 1-1/2 inches long by 5/8 of an inch wide, including the crown. It is fitted on a vintage black cord bracelet strap that measures a total wearable length of 7-1/2 inches and I can easily shorten (or lengthen) this size for the winner at no charge. It is powered by its original 721 grade, 17 jewel manual wind mechanism that has been fully serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
The ivory color, matte enamel finished dial is in excellent condition and without flaw. It features black enamel numerals, a 60 minute outer track border and original blue steel spade tip hands. Signed HAMILTON below the 12.
The solid glass crystal is in excellent condition and clear (carefully removed in some photos to avoid glare). The two-piece case is in excellent PLUS condition, a beautiful Art Deco design crafted of Solid Platinum (10% Iridium, 90% Platinum) and featuring Twenty Two Genuine Diamonds of high clarity that sparkle. The matching and original unmarked crown is in excellent shape, operating smoothly.
Turning the watch over I see that the back lid is in excellent PLUS condition – absolutely no wear or personal engravings. It is stamped 10% IRID. – PLAT. at the edge. This translates as 10% precious metal Iridium and 90% platinum. Peeking inside I find a clean, manual wind movement that is signed Hamilton USA – 17 Jewels [Grade] 721 with serial number M504,033.
This lovely timepiece has been disassembled, cleaned, oiled and regulated just last week by my expert watchmaker to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted with a correct, vintage (old stock) black cord bracelet strap that will fit a wrist up to 7-1/2 inches in size and I can easily adjust the size longer or shorter for the winner - just let me know and there’s no charge.
Well then, I wonder who is going to be wearing this beautiful vintage Hamilton in just a short time? If you think the photos show a nice watch you’re going to very pleased when you see it on your wrist.
- 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.
- Buyers outside the United States with less than five response: Please introduce yourself via email PRIOR to offerding. Otherwise, your offer may be retracted.
- Note: The USPS has raised its fees for all services as of 1/27/20013 – including a 100% increase of first class international rates. I charge less than actual cost for fully insured, shipping with tracking – there are no handling or packing fees. Overall, I spent $1.22 for every $1 received for shipping costs in 2012 (source: Quick books data).
- U.S. winners pay $9.75 for fully insured, safely boxed USPS First-Class Mail shipping. Washington State residents (and those with shipping addresses in Washington State) add 8.6% sales tax.
- Canadian buyers pay $21.00 for Registered Air Mail shipping with tracking (I cover the insurance) or $35 for EMS Global Express, a bit faster. International buyers pay $49.00 for EMS Global Express Mail with tracking and insurance. I do provide a Registered Air Mail shipping option ($25.00) to a few select countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. If you are an international buyer please wait until I invoice you with your shipping option(s).
- 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. While I ship within 24 hours of receiving payment but your local custom authorities can delay the delivery of your package. As such, it can take anywhere from 7 days to 30 days before final delivery is made.
- 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.
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.