Hamilton 17J wrist watch grade 987A #O452457, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, white metal dial with a matte finish, raised gold Arabic numbers, black minute marker outer track and a subsidiary seconds register has some small spots of discoloration or patina (not distracting), fancy gold steel hands, elegant yellow gold filled (YGF) square Hamilton case with smooth polish bezel, back and sides and heavy round extended lugs, case is showing some small patches of brass on a couple of the lugs and near the crown on the back, otherwise normal wear, measures approx. 27mm wide x 34mm lug to lug, dark brown leather textured band. A simple and elegant vintage Hamilton watch in excellent condition!
- Age Description:
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 17J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 987A
- Serial #: O452457
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: white
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: Hamilton
Case Width, without crown:
27mm (1.06 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(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.
We also offer a collection of reference and research books for a number of different watch manufacturers, which can be found in our Watch-Related Books
section. As an additional resource, we've posted a Serial Number Production List
which includes information for Hamilton serial numbers and dates of manufacture.
The NAWCC also has a about the company.
You may browse all of our men's pocket watches from this manufacturer at our Vintage Men's Hamilton Pocket Watches
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.
We do have a professional watchmaker that does all of our cleaning and repair work for us. To have your watch serviced before shipping, simply add this Cleaning/Service Agreement
to your shopping basket. The cleaning and timing service is $95, and depending on the time of the year, has a turnaround time of 1 to 3 weeks.
Please note that we provide this service in addition to the listed purchase price of our watches. If you do purchase this option and later decide to return the watch, this fee is non-refundable.
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.