Hamilton 17J grade 987 wrist watch #2261713, handsome vintage mechanical manual-wind nickel split-plate movement with screw-down jewel settings and a bar-style damascene pattern, silver-toned metal dial with black outlined fancy art-deco style Arabic numbers with luminous filling, an imitation double sunk (DS) accent line and a subsidiary seconds register has some patina across most of the dial and over a few of the numbers however no serious scratching or damage, fancy blue steel skeletonized hands with luminous inserts do have some damage and missing panels of the luminous material, distinctive white gold filled (WGF) thin-model oval engraved Hamilton case with a deep laurel-pattern engraved on the top bezel and floral accents engraved on the top of the short extended lugs, smooth polish frame and back and a glass crystal, case is showing normal even wear overall with a few small spots of brass starting to show on the lugs, measures approx. 29mm wide x 37mm lug to lug x 8mm thick (crystal included), deeply textured brown leather band. An unusual and attractive vintage Hamilton wrist watch from the 1920s in excellent very good condition overall!
- Year Made: 1927-1928
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 987
- Serial #: 2261713
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: silver
- Dial Details: imitation double sunk (DS) accent line, luminous numbers
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - White
- Case Details: Hamilton, tall-oval
Case Width, without crown:
29mm (1.14 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: glass
The Hamilton watch company began business in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1892 and still operates today. The last watches produced in the American factory were made in 1969, after which the company was sold to a Swiss owner.
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This watch is in good running condition, unless otherwise noted in the description. This means that on receipt, pending any item-specific running conditions noted in the description, you can expect the watch to be winding and setting properly and to run smoothly while keeping reasonable time. We consider "reasonable time" to meet these basic guidelines:
- Railroad Grade Watches will be keeping +/- 5 minutes per day
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The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of December 5th, 2021, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact glass crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
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