Hamilton 18S 17J lever set (LS) adj 5p hunting case movement (HCM) grade 939 pocket watch #9480, impressive nickel full plate movement with screw-down gold jewel settings, a Goldthwait-style regulator and an elaborate fancy concentric circle damascene pattern, movement is marked "Howes Bros Clinton, Iowa", double-sunk (DS) porcelain enamel dial, also marked "Howes Bros Clinton, Iowa", has roman numerals, red 5 minute markers and a subsidiary seconds register, dial has some short faint hairlines, a small flake at the edge by the lever and a shallow line of discoloration near the edge, possibly from where a previous case rested against the dial, blue steel spade & whip style hands, re-cased into a heavy Keystone "leader" coin silver smooth polish hinge back & bezel (HB&B) case with a coin edge accent on the front bezel around the extra thick glass crystal, offset gold hinges and a heavy large bow, case is showing normal wear overall with a few small dents on the back cover and frame, along with some moderate wear on the brass crown and some smoothing on the back outer case lip to the frame, the back outer cover closes flush to the frame however it is loose enough to open with your hands (no case opener needed), measures approx. 57mm in diameter x 81mm in length x 21mm thick (crystal included). A very early, high grade jeweler's mark Hamilton from the late 1800s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1895-1896
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 5 positions
- Model/Grade: 939
- Serial #: 9480
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: marked "Howes Bros Clinton, Iowa", Goldthwait-style regulator
- Dial Material: porcelain enamel
- Dial Details: jeweler's mark, "Howes Bros Clinton, Iowa"
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Silver - Coin
- Case Details: offset gold hinges
Case Length, bow included:
- Crystal Material: glass
- Misc. Info: re-cased
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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The jewelers' mark was a pretty common practice during the early to mid-1900s, and does continue today. A jewelry shop would commission a small run of watches directly from a watch manufacturer, such as Hamilton, Illinois, etc., who would then add markings for that jeweler at the factory to the dial, movement and/or case. This would allow for the jeweler to offer a customized branding of a high quality watch without the prohibitive cost of directly manufacturing the watch components and assembly.
The most common example that most will recognize is with Tiffany & Co., which for a short time did manufacture their own watches but realized it was cost prohibitive for their label and transitioned to commissioning watches from high-end watch manufacturers instead. On many of their vintage watches, you'll see the "Tiffany & Co" markings on the dial, and occasionally also stamped on the movement and case, but additional markings on the movement will show Longines, International Watch Co., etc. to also indicate the manufacturing company.
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