My mom does estate sales and knows I'm into watches, but I've never been a vintage guy. Anyway, she said she had something for me; apparently she was cleaning out her safe and had forgotten that this was in there from probably 10 years ago.
Anyway, it's made by Hilton Watch Co, marked Swiss and 17 Jewels. A bit of Google tells me this is a Venus Cal 188 (1949 to 1966) and I'm guessing 1950's. Case and back are solid 18K gold and the inner back is base metal. The watch winds up and runs very well. I can't get it to the second because it's not a hacking movement and it's hard to work with my one year old grabbing at everything. Anyway, it's keeping accurate time after 24 hours.
It was on a cheap and frankly, ugly, Speidel expand-o-band or something which I'll try to sell for a few bucks. I ordered a crocodile strap and a deployment to put it on. The plexi crystal is crazed pretty badly and I don't know if it's OK to replace this or if I need to keep it on - that's one thing I'd like help with. The dial is in really great shape, though the lume is missing from about half of the markers.
Not worried about valuation since I think I'll keep it though 34 mm is pretty small for my wrist. The fact that it's solid 18K makes it worth well more than she paid for it.
Any information that you might be able to provide me would be helpful. I should have cleaned it before I took pictures, it's looking better after wiping up the dirt shown here.