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Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by OldSchool1959, Mar 12, 2019.
Whats your favorite case model other than the “Mainliner?”
I will start. Mines the Model 3 Tu Tone
Of the few I have, the "rigid bow" is one of my favorites.
too many to choose in reality... but the model 8 has 'something' about it....
And then "any" of the fancy backed cases...
I agree with Terry that there are "too many to choose in reality..." but having acquired one early on in my collecting of watches, I'd developed a soft spot in my heart for the No. 5 case. Maybe that's why I like these ads; they're for the Simmons chain, not the watch (which is merely a prop in the pictures). Yet there's no mistaking what watch it is.
P.S. How many of you are going to search out one of these chains to wear with your No. 5 Hamilton No, 992 watch?
My favorite Hamilton case is the platinum case on one of my 922MPs.
This wasn't the only style of platinum case Hamilton offered (see the more ornate example below), but I love this design's clean sober lines.
I also don't have a favorite case but this stainless case(at the time I bought it)
was one of my favorites.
I have only a few Hamiltons (hell, I have only a few of any maker), but this one is my favorite case from those few. It houses a 12s model 1, 910 movement from ca. 1922. The 910 movement was slightly larger than the usual 12s movement, and the case was Hamilton-made to accommodate it.
Although it's not my favorite, why disqualify the "Mainliner" from discussion?
When it comes to the Hamilton cases, I have a few favorites in the following order:
1. The "Crossbar" case in white gold filled would be my first choice.
2. The earlier sold gold and yellow gold filled snap back and bezel cases. used on the 950 and other models, with the Hamilton markings and crest engraved on the dust cover.
3. The Model 8 Railroad cases. Really like the "Art Deco" look to this model.
4. The Model 10, followed closely by the Model 11
My apologies for not having any pictures of these handy to post.
Take your pick, here are the first eight factory cases...…….
Rhett asked OldSchool
I inferred from OldSchool's admonition to ignore the "Mainliner" that he assumed it was almost everyone's favorite case. I find Mainliners no handsomer than most other railroad watch cases but I am not a railroad watch collector.
Will this case qualify as a Hamilton? (probably not since it is a keystone case) Although the last line on the back of the case is:
HAMILTON WATCH CO.
Watch is a Hamilton Grade 4992B, 22 Jewel, U.S. GOVT.
Back of case inscribed:
MFR'S PART NO. 33106
DA-36 038-ORD 9888
SERIAL NO. AF-52-11,278
HAMILTON WATCH CO.
These cases intrigue me. What are they made of? I know its says base metal on the inside but what exactly is it? It looks like brass to me. Also what metal is the plating, cadmium? It doesn't seem very thick either.
Of all the nice cases Hamilton made why would these appeal to you?
I believe they were chromium plated and micro-thin. They did make this in .800 Silver.
I kinda like these - Model 10, containing a 1943 992B, and a Model 17, containing a 1961 992B.
My first ever railroad pocket watch was a Hamilton 950B in a Model 17, so I have a soft spot for that model.
Jim, I guess because I'm an old military man and it is military connected.
Here is another Hamilton case on a 992.
The model one! These always catch my eye.
"somewhere" i have a copy of Mil contract which spells out the metal content of these cases, they are chrome plated if marked 'base metal' the silver cases are marked 800 silver.
The engraving on the rear of the case was also spelled out in the MIL contract...
I know I've posted them in other threads.
May I ask what is the serial number of your 992B.
Which one? C69541 or C473541?
Thanks for the information on your 992B, C69541, ca. 1943. I think your watch is quite interesting. AS you may know the Part No. 6536 which was in fact the 536 Double Sunk Dial, was discontinued in late 1941. It's likely the Single Sunk 080 replacement began in early 1942. It seems likely that your 536 Dial has one of two possibilities. Either proof that Hamilton began reproducing the 536 Dial or the original Dial was replaced with a 536 from the 1941 time period.
Trying to put together a post here from a PM. i received.....
This memo that i have posted before 'years' ago helps explain the situation with the double sunk dials, and is dated 12/1941
I would not say that the above-mentioned dials were discontinued, as watches seem to have been shipped with these single sunk dials as well as the double sunk dials until the start of the Melamine dials around 1946.... Remember also WWII got in the way of production, so some time was available for 'recovery' and resolution of the double sunk dial issue.
Here is the memo concerning the introduction of Melamine.... and it was not a hard introduction, but in a time frame you'll find either dial on an example.
What "i" used as a basis was observation of boxed watch labels, as those labels have the dial information imprinted on them.