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    Default Hamilton Coast Guard

    Does anyone know the story of this Watch that Hamilton made? Quite unique.


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    Default Re: Hamilton Coast Guard (By: Nookster)

    Do you suppose it was made to sell in the commissary at the Coast Guard Academy or some other similar location. How big is it? What does the movement look like?

    I am guessing it is a 12 size Grade 912.

    Hamilton made many of the 12 size watches with fancy dials, so this watch has Coast Guard specific content, but may not be that unusual otherwise.
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    Default Re: Hamilton Coast Guard (By: Tom McIntyre)

    Correct on size and movement. Was just curious if anyone knows the story behind this. Did Coast Guard order, was it presentation watches, were they made for crew?

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    Default Re: Hamilton Coast Guard (By: Nookster)

    Being retired Coast Guard I can only give you some background info but nothing specific to that watch.

    Alexander Hamiliton was the first Secretary of the Treasury. He founded what was then the Revenue Cutter service later to merge with the Lighthouse Service and become the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard was part of the Treasury Department till transferred to the Department of Transportation then Homeland Security.

    There have been many Coast Guard Cutters named Hamiliton over the long history of the service.

    I can see an exchange manager having special built watches from Hamilton since there is such a close relationship with the name.

    Needless to say, the Coast Guard being such a small branch of the military (there are more New York City policemen than Coast Guard members) I would think very few examples of this particular dial/watch exist.

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    Default Re: Hamilton Coast Guard (By: Candew)

    It will be very difficult to know who ordered this "special purpose watch", but according to the Hamilton image below, anyone could order any style dial to their preference and pay a premium price.

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    Default Re: Hamilton Coast Guard (By: Robert Sweet)

    Looks like the watch(es) at this site.
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    Default Re: Hamilton Coast Guard (By: Steven Thornberry)

    Steve,

    That is the watch, the owner asked me to help find info on it which I don't have, so I thought I would bring it to the experts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Sweet View Post
    It will be very difficult to know who ordered this "special purpose watch", but according to the Hamilton image below, anyone could order any style dial to their preference and pay a premium price.

    Robert
    I actually own the original die for that Hamilton World Series Watch. It's a cool rare piece.


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