Hamilton 16S 17J lever set (LS) adj. 3p grade 974 pocket watch #725700, handsome nickel split plate movement with screw-down jewel settings, an unusual plate layout and a fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, double sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial with fancy Arabic-style numbers, red 5 minute markers and a black marked subsidiary seconds register has a faint hairline near 6 o'clock, purple steel moon style hands, heavy yellow gold filled (YGF) smooth polish hinge back & bezel (HB&B) case with a cross-hatch engraved detail ring around the back cover, a fancy monogram shield with initials, possibly "JJL" and a French-style bow, case is showing moderate overall wear with notable smoothing to the engraving and monogram along with a few small spots of brass on the back and bow, measures approx. 50mm in diameter x 72mm in length x 15mm thick (crystal included). An attractive, high quality vintage Hamilton from the early 1900s in excellent overall condition!
- Year Made: 1908-1909
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 974
- Serial #: 725700
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: double sunk (DS)
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: monogram, French bow
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: plastic
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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