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    Default Picked up a Hamilton 978

    Promised myself I would not buy anymore watches for a while but then this one popped up and I couldn't resist

    All original save the plastic crystal which has yellowed and needs to be replaced. Came with the original chain which has some wear but polished up well enough.

    The triple hinged Faheys case held up well over the decades with no wear and has a family engraving.

    I've wanted a nice 16 size watch but since the railroad grade watches have become so expensive this one is a nice alternative.

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    Default Re: Picked up a Hamilton 978 (By: Paul Raposo)

    nice!


    Rob

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    Default Re: Picked up a Hamilton 978

    Paul,

    Thanks for sharing your really nice 978 and beautiful case. The 978 was "Made up, particularly to meet the demand for a watch to be used by Street Railway men, - it qualified for Street Railway Inspection Service wherever such service was maintained" per the Halligan movement records. It may have also qualified (in open-face case) on some Railroads that would accept a 17J, 3-Position movement during its production lifetime, i.e. 1912-24. The 978 was always sold as a movement only.

    Your particular movement was made in 1912. The first ship-out was made on October 28, 1912 of 154 pieces. There were 24,991, 978's produced from 1912-24. It was only made as a open-face movement. At serial number, 891601, the dial was changed from 4-feet to 3-feet. The change from a 2-screw winding hub to one-screw was implemented in 1913 at serial number, 1076701. In 1924, the 978 was used to replace orders for the 974, lever-set at the same price.

    The 978 had a retail price of $12.50 in 1912 and $18.50 in 1922.

    Robert
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    Default Re: Picked up a Hamilton 978 (By: Paul Raposo)

    Nice one Paul! Added bonus is that those Fahys permanent cases were advertised as having a solid gold bow and I believe that the durability of the gold case is equivalent to a 25-30 year case

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    Default Re: Picked up a Hamilton 978 (By: Mark UK)

    Quote Originally Posted by musicguy View Post
    nice! Rob
    Thanks Rob

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark UK View Post
    Nice one Paul! Added bonus is that those Fahys permanent cases were advertised as having a solid gold bow and I believe that the durability of the gold case is equivalent to a 25-30 year case
    I didn't know this about the bow Mark, thank you for that. And I'm glad the seller didn't know

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Sweet View Post
    Paul,

    Thanks for sharing your really nice 978 and beautiful case. The 978 was "Made up, particularly to meet the demand for a watch to be used by Street Railway men, - it qualified for Street Railway Inspection Service wherever such service was maintained" per the Halligan movement records. It may have also qualified (in open-face case) on some Railroads that would accept a 17J, 3-Position movement during its production lifetime, i.e. 1912-24. The 978 was always sold as a movement only.

    Your particular movement was made in 1912. The first ship-out was made on October 28, 1912 of 154 pieces. There were 24,991, 978's produced from 1912-24. It was only made as a open-face movement. At serial number, 891601, the dial was changed from 4-feet to 3-feet. The change from a 2-screw winding hub to one-screw was implemented in 1913 at serial number, 1076701. In 1924, the 978 was used to replace orders for the 974, lever-set at the same price.

    The 978 had a retail price of $12.50 in 1912 and $18.50 in 1922.

    Robert
    Massive amount of great info Robert, thank you

    I understand they were accepted for use on trolleys and electric trains but I didn't know they may have been accepted in railway service.

    I asked the seller about the history of the watch and all he could tell me was it handed down to him from a relative, but not he original owner.

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