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This could go in a few places around here

Postby nimbleboy » September 22nd 2018, 3:52pm

I went to my favorite jeweler (JB Hudson in downtown Minneapolis) the other day to get a bracelet resized. While I was waiting, I looked over the 50% Off display. I saw this Lady Hamilton. I'm a borderline Hamilton fanboy *and* I have an awesome girlfriend. Full price was $375. I had a little over $100 in reward (?) dollars from my Nomos purchase there last fall. So I paid under $100 for this watch. I've been through a bunch of old catalogs online, Chronos24, etc. etc. I can't figure out the year. It's 14K white gold. Hand cranker. That's all I know. I assume those aren't diamonds. Anyone have any ideas? I sent an inquiry to Hamilton. By god, I hope they have a librarian/archivist around there...

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Re: This could go in a few places around here

Postby TemerityB » September 22nd 2018, 4:49pm

You are a smart, savvy, and, yeah, nimble watch buyer. I hope your girlfriend is thrilled with it.

It's hard finding any info on "Lady Hamilton" around the Interwebs, but based on these links (the second one looks promising for research), it looks like you scored a good deal. Based on what I can glean, that watch is likely from the 1950s (and if it is, it's in outstanding shape)

https://omegaforums.net/threads/hamilto ... tch.28607/

http://vintagewatchforums.com/viewtopic.php?t=8553
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Re: This could go in a few places around here

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » September 22nd 2018, 5:18pm

nimbleboy wrote:I assume those aren't diamonds.

You assumed wrongly, I believe. It appears that the Lady Hamilton line was at the top of the range of ladies' Hammies, and models belonging to it were diamond-set.
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Re: This could go in a few places around here

Postby bobbee » September 23rd 2018, 1:36am

You have what looks to be a Lady Hamilton 'Aurora' model 'H'.
This model is found in the 1955 catalogue near the bottom, priced at $225 (you can multiply by 9.4 to get today's dollar value).

http://vintagewatchforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=130

I include the 1956 catalogue which has the bracelet prices, as yours seems to be an upgrade from the cord band. The band on yours looks to be all diamonds, and would almost triple the price.

http://vintagewatchforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=129

So around seven grand in today's money!
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Re: This could go in a few places around here

Postby bobbee » September 23rd 2018, 1:49am

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Re: This could go in a few places around here

Postby nimbleboy » September 24th 2018, 5:51am

Well, shit! Thanks, everyone!

I didn't scroll down far enough in some of those years to see the additional Lady Hamilton catalogs.

I hope she likes it, too. I bought it as a relatively inexpensive Xmas gift, and I guess it still will be. Maybe it's just worth a little more than I thought...
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Re: This could go in a few places around here

Postby conjurer » September 24th 2018, 7:46am

A little WASP bling right there! Well done, Mr. boy!
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Re: This could go in a few places around here

Postby 3Flushes » September 24th 2018, 9:24am

Per my Stepfather, they are indeed real stones and Hamilton used good diamonds according to him. They are hand set in highly polished settings and likely G or H in color which will give them a lot of sparkle for small stones.

Very nice catch, man!
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