Hamilton 17J grade 980 wrist watch #G177535, case #H183773, handsome vintage mechanical manual-wind nickel split plate movement with raised gold jewel settings, bold red ruby jewels and a brushed finish, champagne-toned metal dial with an imitation double sunk (DS) line, fancy raised gold Arabic-style numbers and a black marked subsidiary seconds register has a number of small scratches and spots of discoloration, gold steel wedge-style hands, impressive yellow gold filled (YGF) smooth polish asymmetrical "Brooke" model Hamilton rectangular case, when looking down at the watch dial the narrow top flares out towards the bottom and while looking at the side of the watch, the 12 o'clock side is thick and narrows towards the 6 o'clock side, thick glass crystal, rounded in-line tapered extended lugs and a monogram on the back, "R.A. Herbst.", case is showing normal wear overall but does have some notable scratches and small chips on the crystal edge and a number of small spots of heavy wear and brass on the front lugs and back of the case, measures approx. 21mm (top)/22mm (bottom) wide x 40mm in length x 9mm (top)/6mm (bottom) thick (crystal included), highly textured brown leather strap band.
This watch also comes with a Hamilton off-white and gold Lucite box with a cream-colored satin interior and a Hamilton care booklet, box is in good overall condition but is missing the lower fitted velvet insert you typically see in similar Hamilton boxes. An uncommon and desirable high grade Hamilton from the 1930s for the collector or watch enthusiast in very good overall condition, perfect to wear daily!
- Year Made: 1938-1939
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 980
- Serial #: G177535
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: gold jewel settings (GJS)
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne
- Dial Details: imitation double sunk (DS) accent line
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: extra-thick glass crystal, inscribed "R.A. Herbst.", Hamilton "Brooke" model
Case Width, without crown:
22mm (0.87 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: glass
- Box Info: Hamilton Lucite box & booklet
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:
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