40's and 50's Masonic Wrist Watch Questions

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    40's and 50's Masonic Wrist Watch Questions

    I know nothing about watches but am interested in getting a 40's or 50's leather banded masonic wrist watch. I see quite a few on ebay for the ~$350 range. I seem to favor the Hamiltons and the Girard Perregauxs does any one have any insight that would help me decide. I have read several of the buying guide threads but I am iterested in understaning is one easier to have worked on or to get parts for when it needs serviced. Is one a superior model? Is there another manufacture that would be superior? Thanks for any insight.

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    Member Eeeb's Avatar
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    Re: 40's and 50's Masonic Wrist Watch Questions

    Depends on the models... The Swiss Hamiltons are comparable to the GPs but the earlier American Hamiltons are things of beauty and a joy forever. Their 770 movement watches are as good as Pateks in many folks mind.

    When buying vintage consider condition. Then consider condition. Then consider condition... you get the idea.
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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    Member Ed Barclay's Avatar
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    Re: 40's and 50's Masonic Wrist Watch Questions

    So many of the one's on ebay are rather badly done redials. Be very careful. A lot are obvious franken watches that the seller slaps a masonic transfer on and then calls it a "vintage masonic watch."

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