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    Default Hamilton Pocket Watch Engraved

    A friend has given me a Hamilton Pocket watch that has the following engraving on the back: "Presented by the Electric Boat Company to Lieut J.F. Davidson USN Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Mackerel at her first commissioning March 31 1941" The watch is a model917, 17 Jewel, adjusted 3 positions, serial # X65353 with the #1207823 on the inside of the back cover. I have learned that the USS Mackerel was a submarine that was built by Electric Boat Company & was commissioned on the date that was engraved on the watch. I would like to know any other information that may be available surrounding this commanding officer and also what the best way would be to find the value.

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    Default Re: Hamilton Pocket Watch Engraved (By: Tbucket)

    Wow, really nice piece of history you have there! Would love to see pictures of it. I agree it would be interesting to know why the Electric Boat Company would do that unless it was just custom for the time. The Wikipedia write up of the U.S.S. Mackerel is pretty interesting as well. The boat did not live long before it was scrapped. Now the watch has probably out lived both the Lieutenant and the boat.

    Does it run and is it in good shape?

    How did your friend come across the watch?

    Thanks for the post! Very interesting.

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    Default Re: Hamilton Pocket Watch Engraved (By: 12V6GT)

    I would also like to see photographs of the watch, the front(dial)
    and inside (the movement)....and the inscription would be nice.

    Thanks
    Rob

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    Default Re: Hamilton Pocket Watch Engraved (By: musicguy)

    SS Mackerel - 204..........

    The below info may be helpful to you............

    Robert
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    Default Re: Hamilton Pocket Watch Engraved (By: Robert Sweet)

    Link to more on the Mackerel............ including a photo of Lt. Davidson.

    http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08204.htm

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    Default Re: Hamilton Pocket Watch Engraved (By: 12V6GT)

    I restore clocks as a hobby, but this is the first time I ever looked at a pocket watch. I went to Merritts yesterday & I purchased some tools I needed & the proper watch oil (also came home with another clock...oh boy, I have a very understanding wife). as far as the watch's condition, it did not run when he gave it to me. I have opened it & oiled the pinions on the back side only & it is now running. My friend inherited the watch when a relative passed away & nobody knows how he got it.



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    Thank you for the link. it was good to see the photo of Lt. Davidson.
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    Default Re: Hamilton Pocket Watch Engraved (By: Tbucket)

    very nice



    Rob

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