Hamilton 18J grade 748 wrist watch, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, silver-metal dial with a brushed finish, luminous green Arabic-style numbers with a black outline and black 5 minute markers has some small specks across the dial but no deep scratches or damage, black steel skeletonized whip-style hands with luminous inserts and a sweep second hand, elegant round smooth polish yellow gold filled (YGF) Hamilton "Nordon" model water-resistant case with a barrel frame, fancy sculpted extended lugs, a high domed acrylic crystal and a false seal line on the back cover, which is a single cup supporting the watch and not a traditional removable piece creating a highly water resistant watch for its time, case is showing normal even wear overall however there are numerous small scratches and a few small chips around the back false seam and on the true seam of the front bezel, measures approx. 29mm in diameter x 36mm lug to lug x 12mm thick (crystal included), unusual lightly textured brown leather band with tan stitching has a heavy hook clasp instead of a traditional buckle, we can exchange the band with a simple black or brown leather band with a traditional buckle at no charge on request. An unusual and high quality vintage watch from the 1940s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1940s
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 18J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 748
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: silver
- Dial Details: luminous numbers
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: Hamilton "Nordon" model, water resistant (WR)
Case Width, without crown:
29mm (1.14 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
Interior Lug Width:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: leather strap
- Crystal Material: acrylic
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
- Pocket and Wrist Watches with 15 or more jewels will be keeping +/- 10 minutes per day
- All key wind watches and watches with 14 or fewer jewels will be keeping +/- 15 minutes per day
The above guideline is the lowest standard in which we would ship out a watch, however in most cases, you will see much better timekeeping. Most of our watches have been in storage for many years, so if you plan on carrying/wearing them everyday, you should consider having them cleaned and oiled soon, and then once a year thereafter to keep them in top running condition. If the watches will be for occasional use or display, they should be cleaned and serviced every 3 to 5 years depending on use.
As of June 29th, 2022, we are not offering a cleaning and service option through PM Time Service. While we do hope to offer this again in the future, we are unfortunately unable to meet customer requests for watch servicing at this time. Please note that, unless otherwise mentioned within the "Full Description" tab, this watch is being sold in good running condition and is ready to wear or carry on arrival.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact acrylic crystal; however, on request PM Time Service can replace the current crystal on this wrist watch for you. We offer new plastic crystals for most vintage wrist watches; you can select your desired choice from the dropdown menu below.
Please note that the average turnaround time for wrist watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; however, we do not carry every model of crystal in stock and there may be a delay of up to seven business days as we order the correct item from our supplier.
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Unlike modern quartz watches, most vintage watches need daily winding in order to keep the watch functioning for timekeeping. Additionally, there are a number of different ways to set the time other than simply pulling the crown away from the watch body. We are happy to provide an overview of each of the different setting types on our "How To Use" page
, where we also provide information on proper winding techniques for each style and some suggestions for the proper long term care and storage of your watch.
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