Hamilton 12S 17J adj. 3p grade 916 pocket watch #3103764, handsome nickel split plate movement with screw-down gold jewel settings (GJS) and a bar-style damascene pattern, distinctive metal 2-tone dial with a champagne colored base and dark gold raised Arabic-style numbers, subsidiary seconds register, nautical-themed imitation double sunk (DS) line and a detailed raised design of a 3-masted ship in the center of the dial, dial does have a little patina and some of the gold designs are slightly discolored in spots however no heavy scratches or damage, blue steel cathedral-style hands, impressive Hamilton white gold filled (WGF) 10-sided case with vertical line engraving around a wide rectangular blank monogram shield, recessed hinge, deep laurel engraving on the bezels and a geometric engraving on the fancy bow, case is showing normal light wear overall with some small depressions on the back case and some spots of brass starting to show on corners, the bow and crown, measures approx. 45mm wide x 55mm in length x 10mm thick (crystal included). A high grade, eye-catching vintage triple signed Hamilton from the 1920s in excellent+ overall condition!
- Year Made: 1923-1924
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Adjustments: 1-3 positions
- Model/Grade: 916
- Serial #: 3103764
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Movement Details: gold jewel settings (GJS), screw-down jewel settings
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne, gold
- Dial Details: imitation double sunk (DS) accent line, 3-masted ship design
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - White
- Case Details: 10-sided, recessed hinge, Hamilton
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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