Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

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    Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    I don't have a photo of this watch handy, but I've seen a few like it after doing a search. No obvious hinge bulges, but no obvious pry area, either, to help remove the back. Any tips/tricks on opening without destroying?
    What do you get when you open the box and turn it over and pour it out? What do you get?

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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    There have been some posts on this... do some forum searching and consult the stickies (posts stuck at the top). Beware that some of these watches are opened via the crystal -- but I suspect yours is too old for that. Good hunting!

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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    I assume you have a 12 size open face Wadsworth case? Vaguely bell form in outline. Simple friction fit back normally carefully dull knife edge opening at about 11 on the dial. Now looking at a Hamilton 912 17j 3347+++. About 1930 in that case.

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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    when you say 11 on the dial, do you mean 11 as I'm looking at the back, or 11 as I'm looking at the dial, which would be 1 o'clock on the back?
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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    by the way, this is the watch in the current post about whether to clean the face of a vintage pocket watch
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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    May not be a little widening in the crack behind 11 on dial, but it is convenient place to provide prying pressure.

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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    Curiouser and curiouser. using a case knife I pried off the back - thanks for the advice. When I got inside, what I found really piqued my interest. I had been told my Father got this watch as a birthday gift in 1916, but when I checked the serial number, it put the watch squarely in 1938. It's a 912 movement in an engraved (3 relief initials in a scrolled shield) Wadsworth 14k gold filled case, which is serial numbered 03817xx. Since he died years ago, I guess I'll never get this particular mystery cleared up.
    What do you get when you open the box and turn it over and pour it out? What do you get?

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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    And to make the dating even more confusing, I just looked up the Wadsworth serial number, and it is supposedly from 1926. Could the case have been sitting in a jeweler's inventory for 12 years waiting to be engraved? Would the jeweler have done the engraving and assembly or sent it to the factory? I am becoming acutely aware of my lack of knowledge about pocket watches!
    What do you get when you open the box and turn it over and pour it out? What do you get?

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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    No mystery about the case. It was normal for a case to sit in inventory for a few years. Take a fancy engraved case, factor in the stock market crash and depression, 12 yrs in inventory would be understandable.

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    Re: Bell shaped Hamilton ca 1916

    There are dating tables for Wadsworth cases?

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