Ladies 1930s Hamilton 14K SOLID GOLD Cocktail DIAMONDS Vintage Art Deco Watch A+ For Sale
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Ladies 1930s Hamilton 14K SOLID GOLD Cocktail DIAMONDS Vintage Art Deco Watch A+:
Founded in 1892, the Hamilton Watch Company of Lancaster, PA would not officially start its watch production until March 1894, producing pocket watches mainly of railroad grade. By 1908 Hamilton was producing a lady’s pendant watch and by 1919 a small line of “wrist” watches were available, but for women only! Yes, Hamilton entered the men’s wristwatch market rather late, introducing its first (non-military style) men’s watches in November 1922, a good 10 years after Illinois, Elgin and Waltham. Well, they quickly caught up with the other American firms, producing the highest-grade American watches ever made.
I am very pleased to offer for sale the following vintage Hamilton timepiece, an original ladies 14kt Solid White Gold “LADY HAMILTON” model that dates to 1937. The Lady Hamilton was one of the first diamond case models made by the firm and it features a total of Ten 10 Genuine Diamonds set into its bezel and lugs.
This triple-signed watch measures 30mm end to end and 17mm in width (18.5mm with crown). This converts to 1-3/16 inches long by 5/8 of an inch wide, not including the crown, and it is fitted on black cord bracelet strap that makes the overall length 7 inches, easily adjusted shorter (or longer) by me before mailing to the winning buyer. It is powered by its original 17 jewel, manual wind Hamilton USA mechanical mechanism that has been fully serviced by my trusted watchmaker David to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
The silver, matte enamel finished dial is in excellent condition, a slight patina of age and guaranteed untouched since it left the factory 75 years ago. It features a 60 minute checkered outer track border, black enamel painted Art Deco numerals and original blue steel Spade-style hands. Signed HAMILTON below the12.
The solid glass crystal is in excellent shape and clear, removed in some photos to avoid glare. The two-piece, 14 Karat Solid White Gold cushion shaped case is also in excellent condition, a wonderful 1930s “Cocktail” (or Evening) design with a total of ten genuine diamonds securely set into the bezel The matching white gold finished winding crown (correctly unmarked for this period) is in excellent shape, operating smoothly.
Turning the watch over I see that the back lid is in excellent PLUS shape with no wear or engravings past or present. Inside I find a clean oval-form movement that is signed Hamilton USA – 17 Jewels [Grade] 995A with serial number F143,124. This serial number dates the watch to ca 1937 as per production records. The inside of the back lid is stamped HAMILTON W. CO., LANCASTER, PA – 14K with case number below.
This lovely timepiece has been disassembled, cleaned, oiled and regulated to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time. It is fitted with a new old stock black cord bracelet with matching color fittings that measures a total length of 7 inches. If you need the band shortened (or lengthened) just let me know and I’ll have it custom sized before I mail it, no charge. Well then, who is going to be the new owner of this beautiful, late Art Deco era Hamilton? A very happy lady, I do believe!
As my pal Cautious Carl says, "Buy a Nice Watch from Mike"….keep in mind he gets more dog treats when you do (and he’s getting fat!)
- Since 1998, Holben's Fine Watches' goal has been happy customers. I treat buyers as I like to be treated: with courtesy and respect. I’m especially proud of my excellent response and high number of repeat clients. I’m a long-standing member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), and have collected watches since I was a kid.
- Watch sizes: I provide exact measurements in millimeters (the watch industry standard) and inches, and include a U.S. quarter in photos as a size reference. Draw the measurements on paper to help visualize the watch on your wrist. Remember, men’s watches from the 1910s - 1960s were smaller than considered normal today.
- Buyers outside the United States with less than five response: Please introduce yourself via email PRIOR to offerding. Otherwise, your offer may be retracted.
- U.S. winners pay $7.75 for fully insured, safely boxed USPS First-Class Mail shipping. Washington State residents (and those with shipping addresses in Washington State) add 8.6% sales tax.
- Canadian ($16) and most international buyers ($18) receive safely boxed USPS International REGISTERED shipping. I also ship via EMS Express Mail International for $35 (plus insurance cost) and this shipping method is REQUIRED for shipments to countries that do not upload delivery status top the USPS website. If you are an international buyer please wait until I invoice you with your shipping option(s).
- International Buyers – Please Note: Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to offerding. While I ship within 24 hours of receiving payment but your local custom authorities can delay the delivery of your package. As such, it can take anywhere from 7 days to 30 days before final delivery is made.
- Payment is due within three days of sale end, unless you’ve contacted me prior to arrange otherwise. In accordance with policy, payments not received in four days will initiate an unpaid item case through the Resolution Center.
- In the rare event that a watch needs further service upon receipt, I ask that you return the wristwatch to me (or mailed to my watchmaker, David) at my expense. It will be corrected and quickly mailed back to you.
- If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, add holbensfinewatches to your Favorite Sellers. I specialize in American and Swiss timepieces from the 1900s – 1970s. My selection changes weekly, and is comprised of manual wind and automatic watches from the following categories: WWI trench; WWII; military; fancy case, art nouveau; art deco; mid-century modern; stainless steel; sterling silver; white, yellow and rose gold; solid gold; platinum; and diamond, ruby and/or sapphire ladies’ cocktail watches.
Our sister store, Holben's Fine Watch Bands, offers an extensive selection of straps including Bonetto Cinturini, deBeer, Di-Modell, Hadley-Roma, Hirsch and Staib; deployment clasps and buckles; metal bracelets; German military Bunds; UTC ballistic nylon G10; open-ended; James Bond striped, leather and woven NATOs; WWII canvas military; genuine and silicone rubber divers; carbon fiber; Kevlar; LORICA; Cordura; GT rally tropic perforated; alligator-, crocodile-, lizard-, ostrich-, shark- and buffalo-grain; chrono sport; riveted; waterproof / water resistant and woven/braided.