Christmas heirlooms: Hamilton, LeCoultre - identification?
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    Christmas heirlooms: Hamilton, LeCoultre - identification?

    My dad-in-law (Mike) and I were talking about my watch tinkering and long story short, he presented me with these as projects. I thought some folks might like to see these. Also I need help :)



    The LeCoultre was Mike's dad's watch, worn a lot. Unfortunately the crystal is cracked. I have searched for awhile to identify the model but to no avail so far. I am hoping GS (or someone) made a crystal for these.

    Can anyone recommend good sources for identifying this watch so I can begin my crystal quest?

    Or can anyone identify it or date it, for that matter?

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    The Hamilton Masterpiece was a retirement gift for Mike's dad in 1966 and is inscribed on the back. It was worn for many years also as evidenced by the case and crystal :)

    As you can imagine I am pretty blown away to have these priceless family treasures and will cherish them and pass them down.

    I will be getting the Hamilton serviced professionally, once I find a correct crown for it. Fortunately, the watch eagerly starts running with the slightest movement.

    Mike owned and wore the Lucerne. I have been wanting one of those for awhile (why you ask? Why not, I say) :)

    Thanks in advance.




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    Great heirlooms, thanks for sharing. I think it will be easier to identify the necessary crystal by taking measurements than by finding the model name of the watch.

    I know you probably also want to know if the LeCoultre had a model name for other reasons as well, but I just wanted to mention that the absence of a model name won't be an impediment to replacing the crystal.
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    Re: Christmas heirlooms: Hamilton, LeCoultre - identification?

    Nice watches


    The LeCoultre should not be hard to find a crystal for. It actually looks like a few Bulova watches I have owned. So chances are that it will use a crystal that was for a Bulova. Simply measure the crystal.


    Is the Hamilton a 14kt gold watch? Then it should share the same crown as a Thin-o-matic T200/201


    There is a guy by the name of Dan Keefe that runs the Hamilton Chronicles website


    Vintage Hamilton Watch Restoration



    He might be able to identify the right crown(or a good replacement) for you

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    Very nice watches. If you can post the exact measurements of the crystal and post a picture so I can see if its flat or curved I can look through my pile and find you one. I have 1000s of loose crystals when I went nuts buying on ebay. I can send it to you for nothing.
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    Re: Christmas heirlooms: Hamilton, LeCoultre - identification?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyNorton View Post
    Very nice watches. If you can post the exact measurements of the crystal and post a picture so I can see if its flat or curved I can look through my pile and find you one. I have 1000s of loose crystals when I went nuts buying on ebay. I can send it to you for nothing.
    Thanks so much! I will get you measurements soon. If I can ever help you with pocket watch stems or sleeves, or Timex stems give me a shout. :)

    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    Nice watches
    Thanks and thanks for the info. I will check with Dan. It is a 14k case so hopefully the thin-o-matic crowns will be the ticket.

    The LeCoultre reminds me of some Bulovas I have seen also. I have a couple of 50's Bulova tanks, in fact.

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    Great heirlooms, thanks for sharing. I think it will be easier to identify the necessary crystal by taking measurements than by finding the model name of the watch.

    I know you probably also want to know if the LeCoultre had a model name for other reasons as well, but I just wanted to mention that the absence of a model name won't be an impediment to replacing the crystal.
    Thanks for the kind words and info. No worries on the model name of the LeCoultre. Beyond the crystal, I was just curious. It is otherwise complete, thankfully. :)


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    Re: Christmas heirlooms: Hamilton, LeCoultre - identification?

    Here is my Hamilton Thin-o-Matic. Or should I say was mine as I traded it for another hamilton.

    This is a mystery watch. The serial number inside the case dates it to 1966. However when looking at the Hamilton catalog, the dial matches the T-414 but the case is different so I suspect it is a unmarked Hamilton Masterpiece (perhaps a sample)

    If you look at mine, you will see your case is somewhat the same so the crown on this watch will fit yours.

    The crown has the Hamilton H on it.

    Good luck
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    Re: Christmas heirlooms: Hamilton, LeCoultre - identification?

    Quote Originally Posted by FreddyNorton View Post
    Very nice watches. If you can post the exact measurements of the crystal and post a picture so I can see if its flat or curved I can look through my pile and find you one. I have 1000s of loose crystals when I went nuts buying on ebay. I can send it to you for nothing.
    I'll PM you too. Thanks again!

    The crystal measures 18.76mm x 24.03mm (W x L) -- the bezel opening is in the vicinity of 18.63mm x 24.4mm (W x L).

    The shape of the crystal is curved along its length (longer of the two dimensions) but no curve along its width, if that makes sense?

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