Hamilton 19J grade 982M wrist watch #M111212, vintage mechanical manual-wind movement, metal dial with a matte off-white finish, raised fancy gold Arabic numbers and markers and a black seconds register at 6 o'clock, dial does have some light patina around the edge and on the markers as well as some light scuffs, fancy gold steel wedge-style hands, heavy 14k rectangular "Wesley" model case with smooth polish slightly faceted bezel which slopes on the top and bottom to join with a secondary sloping bezel segment which then in turn supports the narrow extended lugs, Hamilton marked crown and heavy domed plastic crystal, case is showing light even wear with a few very small, faint scratches on the crystal, measures approx. 23mm wide x 41mm lug to lug x 9mm thick (crystal included), high quality dark leather band with a light texture pattern has a yellow gold filled (YGF) buckle clasp, the attachment on the opposite of the buckle can be moved along the band to make it fully adjustable in length from approx. 6" to 9.5". An elegant, high quality vintage gold Hamilton from the late 1940s in excellent condition!
- Year Made: 1948-1949
- Company: Hamilton
- Jewels: 19J
- Setting/Movement Type:
- Model/Grade: 982M
- Serial #: M111212
- Movement Finish: nickel
- Dial Material: metal
- Dial Color: ivory/off-white
- Hand Style:
- Case Style:
Solid Gold - Yellow
- Case Details: "Wesley" model
Case Width, without crown:
23mm (0.91 inches)
Case Length, lug to lug:
- Band Material: leather strap
- 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.