Low serial Hamilton 992b..

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  1. Harold_C

    Harold_C Registered User

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    Hi All.
    Was just shown this by a friend, who said it was his father's watch. Thought it might be of interest here. I have never seen a 992b with a 4 didgit serial before (C1191).. Thoughts?

    View attachment 4383

    Cheers
    Harold
     
  2. Billman730

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    It looks like a stainless steel case to go with the watch. Very popular in the 1950's and early 60's. I have several in that case. All run very well and will last a long time I am sure.

    I think the letter C is a Million watch multiplyer which made the serial shorter. The info has been written on this site about them and can be found in the Hamilton section.
     
  3. Fred Hansen

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    Nice early example and thanks for showing. I'd be interested to know the case and dial type and markings if you have a chance.

    The 992B were made with serial numbers ranigng from C001 up into the C525,000 range. There were also a small number of 992B produced near the end with "4C" and "S" serial prefixes, these two other prefixes were normally reserved for other grades (the 4992B and 950B respectively), but apparently some dial plates originally earmarked for these grades ended up used as "clean up" production for some of the latest 992B's.

    There is a great thread on the early serial 992B's at this link ... https://mb.nawcc.org/showthread.php?t=67084 ... where you can view quite a few nice early ones. There is also a link there to a photo of the first serial number, C001.
     
  4. Harold_C

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    Thanks Fred.. I'll get some pics asap..

    Cheers
    Harold
     
  5. terry hall

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    There has been no published 'reason' for the prefix in hamilton documents that i have been able to find....

    I do not believe this is any type of multiplier, but simply a way of 'separating' product lines note the prefixes on various grades in this time frame

    agree though, would like more case info....and dial info.
     
  6. Harold_C

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    Here you go.. watch was carried in RR service by Mike's father for a good many years (CNR- that "other RR" up here")

    Dial view:

    View attachment 4384

    Case is a Sturdy, nickel silver:


    View attachment 4385
     
  7. terry hall

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    Thanks for the images and additional information!

    It 'makes sense' now ...

    According to the Hamilton Ledgers, the watch (probably a movement in this instance) was finished 2/3/1941 and sold 2/19/1941

    The sold to code was 96-752226 this code has not been broken yet.

    "most likely" this movement was shipped into Canada and cased in the Sturdy Nickel case.
    The CPR 24 hr dial certainly is appropriate, as well as the hands
     
  8. Harold_C

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    Thanks! I'll see if i can find out where the watch was purchased.

    Cheers
    Harold
     
  9. Harold_C

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    From Mike, on where the watch may have been purchased. Hope this info is of use.

    "[FONT=&quot]Goderich or Windsor, Ontario for a CNR position requirement"

    Cheers
    Harold
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  10. Hoppy777

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    I have a 3 digit 992b
    Serial C201
     
  11. terry hall

    terry hall Registered User
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    :) even the very very low numbers have three digits... C072 here, and good friend's C039 ;)
     
  12. PapaLouies

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    Hi Harold,
    Does the watch have a solid mono-metallic balance wheel and a white metal hairspring?

    Regards, PL
     
  13. PapaLouies

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    Fred when trying to open this link I get an error message.
    Regards, PL
     
  14. Jim Haney

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    PapaLouies,
    The answer to your first question would be yes. The answer to your other question is that, you are looking at a 9 year old thread and the pictures have gone to cyberspace
     
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