Hamilton Greenwich question

gatorcpa

Registered User
May 7, 2007
275
17
18
Country
I recently picked up this Hamilton Greenwich on that (in)famous auction site.

97.jpg

What attracted me to this particular watch was the condition of the case. No wear through at all. The dial looks original, but is painted, not luminous.

I have some of questions on this watch:

1. Was this style of hands optional on Hamiltons?

2. Does anyone have the blueprint on this dial, and did it originally come in this style with painted numerals?

3. Would anyone know where I can get a replacement glass (not plastic) crystal for a Greenwich?

Here is a movement shot, I've been told that it dates from 1930, which would be consistent with the introduction of this model.

98.jpg

I used to be able to look some of this info up myself, but the hamiltonhorology.com site has been taken down.

Many thanks in advance,
gatorcpa
 

Don Dahlberg

NAWCC Member
Aug 31, 2000
3,425
18
38
The numbers that are on the dial above should be luminous. The numbers also look rather crude. It looks like a restored dial to me.

This movement was in a run that went to the Finishing Department on 10/14/30 and 11/10/30. It was probably finished in late 1930. The Greenwich was released in 1932.

Here is the Greenwich from the 1932 catalog.

Don
 

Attachments

gatorcpa

Registered User
May 7, 2007
275
17
18
Country
Thanks a lot for the information, Don.

Some of the distortion to the numbers on the dial is due to refraction from scratches on the crystal. One of the reasons I'm looking for a new one. But I do agree that it was likely repainted many years ago.

I wonder if at some point, an owner wanted the radium removed and switched the hands. Everything looks period correct, but different than it should.

Anyway, it looks much better in person than in the pictures.

Thanks again, and take care,
gatorcpa
 

danM

Registered User
Mar 17, 2004
471
1
0
Wear - you might find just a tiny bit of wear on the corners of the bezel nearest the crystal - this is usual on this model, and I've never seen one unworn there.
 

gatorcpa

Registered User
May 7, 2007
275
17
18
Country
Thanks for the reply, Dan.

I took a loupe to the corners this evening. A little wear, but no wear through. The first pictures have a slight reflection from the crystal at the corners that look like wear through.

Magnification confirmed my suspicions on the "painted" dial.

Now I need a dial and a crystal.

Take care,
gatorcpa
 

Forum statistics

Threads
164,700
Messages
1,432,837
Members
85,744
Latest member
caddafee
Encyclopedia Pages
1,101
Total wiki contributions
2,863
Last edit
Rockford's early high grade movements by Greg Frauenhoff