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    Hamilton Serial # Letter is missing

    Hello all, My question is, when I search my watch's movement number
    in the databank, the reply states the movemnet is a 987-F. The movemnet is only marked 987. Should this be of any concern?
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    Re: Hamilton Serial # Letter is missing

    Quote Originally Posted by $teve View Post
    Hello all, My question is, when I search my watch's movement number
    in the databank, the reply states the movemnet is a 987-F. The movemnet is only marked 987. Should this be of any concern?
    Regards Steve
    What database? What serial number? Could you post a picture of the movement?

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    Re: Hamilton Serial # Letter is missing

    The database in the Sub-forums link, NAWCC. No I cannot upload a photo @ the current time. $

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    Re: Hamilton Serial # Letter is missing

    What is the serial number? It can be looked up in other databases.

    There could be an error in the NAWCC database.

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    Re: Hamilton Serial # Letter is missing

    Here is the dating for Hamilton 987 movements:

    http://hamiltonhorology.com/gelson/Image22.jpg

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    There's a bit of misinformation out there ...

    Unfortunately, in the link that you have posted, the serial number range given for the 987 (i.e., O01-O486300) is really the serial number range for the 987A which is a later movement .

    According to the Hamilton 1947 Material Catalog there are several serial number ranges for the 987 & 987F.

    2200001-2248000 - 987
    2248001-2300000 - 987F
    4000001-4447201 - 987F

    Note that the range 4000001-4447201 is given as being for just the 987F but I believe that this range also includes some 987 movements as well. The NAWCC database probably just identifies all movements with serial numbers in the range 4000001-4447201 as being 987F movements.

    For example, here is a 987 with the serial number 4085720 and the original poster's 987 movement also falls in this range (i.e., 4000001-4447201):



    Bottom line: I don't think the original poster has anything to worry about.

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    Re: There's a bit of misinformation out there ...

    Quote Originally Posted by JimH View Post
    For example, here is a 987 with the serial number 4085720 and the original poster's 987 movement also falls in this range (i.e., 4000001-4447201):



    Bottom line: I don't think the original poster has anything to worry about.
    I didn't see where the original poster gave the serial number on his 987. My eyes must be getting worse!
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    Re: There's a bit of misinformation out there ...

    It's not your eyes he sent it to me (PM) but I think he wants to keep it quiet.

    Without spilling the beans it's 403XXXX and thus falls in the range 4000001-4447201.

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    Re: There's a bit of misinformation out there ...

    Quote Originally Posted by JimH View Post
    It's not your eyes he sent it to me (PM) but I think he wants to keep it quiet.
    I have noticed this behavior before. Can someone explain the rationale for keeping a serial number secret?
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

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    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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    Re: There's a bit of misinformation out there ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Eeeb View Post
    I have noticed this behavior before. Can someone explain the rationale for keeping a serial number secret?
    Yeah...I've wondered that, too.
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