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Discussion in 'American Pocket Watches' started by Robert Sweet, Apr 21, 2020.
Thought this was a interesting article. Enjoy.
I hope Hamilton forwarded a new box to the owner! -Cort
I love it. It reminds me of another Hamilton story. My dad gave each of his 4 kids a RR watch. He gave my brother Charlie a 992B. One day Charlie called me and told me he had run his watch through the washing machine in the pocket of his pants. I told him to take the back and be bezel off and hang it a few inches from a light bulb for a day and then send it to me. The watch arrived dried out and running but not well. I took it apart and cleaned it, oiled and reassembled it and with no adjustment it ran close to perfectly. I sent it back and it ticks away to this day...no worse for the sad experience.
They made him buy one off of Ebay
It would be nice to know the ser. # on that puppy.
John, my old Timex when I was a kid spent many a happy hour in the oven after going fishing, it kept on ticking until I lost it when the band broke.
The mail must've been fast back then if it was found still ticking and the correct time.
John. been there, done that. Had a 16s Bunn Special go through the laundry. Removed the back and the balance was slogging slowly through a puddle. I was leaving that day for a month long vacation and did not have time to do anything with it. I removed the bezel and back and drenched and I mean DRENCHED the movement in WD-40. A month later back home I gave it a bath in naphtha to remove the WD-40, and not contaminate the L&R. Cleaned & oiled no rust anywhere, runs great and have it to this day. A good use for WD-40 in this situation
Very interesting story, Robert. The Timely Topics make very interesting reading, including both historical and social/political background. As to the watch in your story... If the box was celluloid, it's amazing that it survived, as celluloid is highly flammable. I think the owner was meant to have that watch!
You have to take all vintage marketing with a grain of salt because
they were very creative with their marketing departments
and created some great sales material(and not always totally factual).
I do like the sentiment from the advertisement.
It would have been in the C409503 to 424610 range according to the attached Hamilton record. The Timely Topics article was from Aug. 1956.
Attached is a No. 16 box with a higher serial number than the subject box.
Pat, This is a common mis-belief. The boxes were Plastic. They look a little like celluloid but Hamilton literature calls them Plastic.
They were made right down the street by Armstrong Cork & Tile Co, for $2-3 dollars, and during the War, 1940-41 because of the plastic shortage, they melted anything they had at the time, so this is how we have about 15 Colors of these Plastic boxes. They went back to the cream or ivory color in late 1941.
Hamilton Catalog (excerpt) 1940
Thank you, Jim and Robert. I wasn't aware, or more likely had forgotten, that they weren't celluloid. If I had read the ad without this background, I would have thought celluloid, which was often made to look like ivory, rather than just ivory colored plastic. What a great collection showing so many different colors!
Rob, Not Maxwell Smart with a mask..... to funny
i was thinking the exact same thing - the ad probably stretched the facts a little.
It is possible...Huntingdon, PA was on the Pennsylvania Railroad mainline just a few hours west of Lancaster also on the PRR mailine. The fire was on a post office car so it could have been put on an East Bound train, sorted in that train post office car and been in Lancaster shortly thereafter. The delay would have been in the administrative paperwork. Mail was quicker then for intermediate distances.
This is an interesting story. My first question is why would Hamilton ship the 992B running? Would it not be safer to ship this or any watch un-wound? Assuming this story is correct, the mileage from Huntingdon, Pa. to Lancaster is just 95 miles by railway. The Amtrak travel time is 2 hr. 30m, but we know that Amtrak didn't exist is 1956 so we need to add some additional time. Assuming the watch was fully wound when it left Lancaster and with the knowledge that this watch would run in excess of 30 hours and with all conditions just right, I suppose its possible this watch made it back to Lancaster is 30+ hours.