Hamilton 19J grade 753 wrist watch #71666F, vintage mechanical manual-wind nickel split plate movement with a bar-style damascene pattern, attractive 2-tone champagne and off-white metal dial with raised fancy gold Arabic numbers and pyramid-shaped markers, background of the dial is champagne-toned with a rectangle of matte-finish off-white outlined with a thin black line under the time markers, subsidiary seconds register, dial does have some light patina in places and a few small specks neat 8 o'clock however no heavy scratches or damage, gold steel wedge-style hands, handsome yellow gold filled (YGF) Hamilton "Pelham" model rectangular smooth polish case with a fancy flat bezel that is shaped to give the impression of flared sides and fancy sculpted extended lugs.
Case is showing normal even wear with no heavy scratches, damage or brass, the domed plastic crystal is in good condition, also with no heavy scratches or damage, however there is either a factory defect or an excess of crystal cement along the top edge and it will cast an unusual shadow on occasion depending on how the light hits the watch, measures approx. 25mm wide x 39mm lug to lug x 9mm thick (crystal included), distinctive YGF & stainless steel (SS) Spidel expansion band has 5, non-expansion panels immediately on each side of the watch, each set with a flat piece of jet black glass, these segments are then joined in the back with a section of narrow rectangular segment expansion band, overall the band is in very good condition however there are small cracks and nicks on most of the glass panels along with brass showing in a number of places, we can exchange the band for a new brown or black leather band at no charge if desired. A distinctive, impressive vintage Hamilton from the 1950s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1954-1955
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 19J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 753
- Serial #: 71666F
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: champagne, ivory/off-white
- Case Style:
Gold Filled - Yellow
- Case Details: Hamilton "Pelham" model
Case Width, without crown:
25mm (0.98 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
(measurement range includes watch length & band)
- Band Material: metal expansion
- 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.
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.
This watch comes complete with an appropriate, intact plastic 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; as this watch is currently offered at our
, please message us on Etsy when purchasing this item to request a new crystal.
Please note that the average turnaround time for all pocket watch crystal replacements will be two days from the placement of the order; wrist watches will typically also take two days, 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.
with any further questions or for an estimate on any shipping delays.
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.