Hamilton 990 and 994

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  1. Leigh Callaway

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    I understand that the Hamilton 990 and the 994 were of same construction and equal grade. Here are two examples. The 990 is serial number 810257 (1911). The 994 is serial number 1155345 (1917). I’d appreciate any comparison/contrast.

    Ham990 Duffy Dial w bezel.jpg IMG_4783.JPG

    Ham 994 sans Bezel 1.jpg Ham 994 Movement 2.jpg

    The 994 took a while to find – it’s one of 800 pendant set. It’s in a “permanently guaranteed” triple hinged GF case.
    If more information is needed – e.g. for a database – let me know.
     
  2. Robert Sweet

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    With all due respect, its obvious that both are not of the same construction, i.e. the 990 is a 3/4 plate movement and the 994 a bridge movement. According to Halligan's description of the 994, it has a gold train, whereas the 990 doesn't. See the attachment for comparison.

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    Agree with Robert, the 990 is a very fine watch, the 994 is a tad finer.
     
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  4. Leigh Callaway

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    Oops my bad.
    Let's try again. The comparison is between a 994 (above) and a 960.

    Ham 960.jpg Ham 960 Mvmt.jpg

    Sorry bout that. Need to pay better attention.
     
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    I don't currently own a 990, but have had a few of them. I recall all of them having a full gold train-it's one of those things that makes them stand out to my eye from the 992, which at best had a gold center wheel only.
     
  6. Robert Sweet

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    Ben,

    Thank you. I stand corrected. I used the information provided by the late Lowell Halligan for reference.

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  7. Robert Sweet

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    I'm curious why Hamilton failed to include the gold train in its description as important a sale pitch as it would be.

    The Halligan description was from 1908 and I've found that the 1910 and 1914 Timekeepers failed to include it also. I suppose the same error followed the other Hamilton catalogs.

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  8. Robert Sweet

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    Now back to the 960 and 994 comparison...………

    The same except for the damaskeening patterns per the Halligan attachment.

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    800 is indicated for Lever set...
    301 for Pendant set ;), so it is mo betta than you think :)

    Would be interested in seeing additional case pics of it.
    1913 cased.jpg 1919 cased.jpg
     
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    Proof that, as Terry's ads say, these were sold as complete watches in a nice wood box. Taking away some real exceptions like the '72 Wally American grades/21j Elgin Convertibles etc these are really some of the best looking American watches IMHO.

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    Nuttin sadder than an empty box.. which resides here..... with its certificate.
     
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    #12 Leigh Callaway, Jun 14, 2019
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    I stand corrected this watch is lever set.

    Photos of the 994 case:

    Ham 994 sans Bezel 2.jpg Ham 994 Case Back 6.jpg Ham 994 Case Back 4.jpg Ham 994 Case Back 2.jpg

    $62.50 then is today's $1,569
    $88.50 is today's $2,222
    Hamilton_994-Timekeeper-1914.jpg
     
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