Hamilton 17J adj. grade 747 wrist watch, case #B14349, handsome vintage mechanical manual-wind nickel split plate movement with bold red ruby jewels and a narrow bar-style damascene pattern, champagne-toned metal dial with raised fancy gold Arabic numbers, a brushed finish and markers and a subsidiary seconds register has a few small specs of discoloration, gold steel wedge-style hands, impressive 14k gold "Lyle B" model square Hamilton case with a narrow sloped smooth polish bezel supporting a high domed plastic crystal and elaborate bow-tie themed extended center lugs with a cutout design partial reveal the hidden lug band area, case is showing normal even wear with a few short scratches on the back along with a few very small spots of discoloration near joints on the bow-tie extensions, the discoloration is flush with the surrounding material and we believe it could either be expert repairs to strengthen the area or possibly just a mild discoloration from age on the original factory soldering, measures approx. 25mm wide x 40mm lug to lug x 9mm thick (crystal included), case-only weight is approx. 7.0dwt, new highly textured black leather strap band. A very eye-catching and distinctive vintage solid gold Hamilton from the 1950s in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1950s
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 747
- Serial #: (case) #B14349
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Solid Gold - Yellow
- Case Details: hidden lugs, Hamilton "Lyle B" model
Case Width, without crown:
25mm (0.98 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: plastic
- Weight (dwt):
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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