If I recall correctly the whole case is, however they made them hollow to save weight so the lugs are hollow. Most of the time there's a lead weight ring inside as well as is a dust cover to keep the thin back from deforming.
Christina: How many watches do you have?
Christina: Why are you always late to pick me up?
Me:................. Have you seen the dial on this Hamilton?
Exactly. "It" (i.e.: the case) is all 18K gold. The trouble is that there isn't much of "it" there! The case is thin and is supported from the inside by a thick brass (not lead) movement holder ring as well as an inner case back of base metal. So, as for gold content, you are easily down to a similar but more solid case in 9K gold - if not even a lower gold content than that.
It's a beautiful watch. Would be a shame to trash it for a couple bucks worth of gold
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Inner case, crown and pushers - not gold.
Classic watch Chronographe Suisse with landeron movement.
The cut to the chase answer is I seriously doubt it's more than 3-4 dwt of gold, if that much.
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Just about 5-6 grams overall. It is "shell" case type, empty inside.
Yeah, not a lot of gold value here. This is one of those times where it's worth more as a watch than scrap.
Wear it. Enjoy it.
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I read elsewhere that at the height of the last gold craze (1 ounce for about $1900) these watches were fetching around $1000. So hold on to your hat Dorothy because Kansas will reappear eventually
Have about 6 of these watches. Love them as time pieces but they are also a form of gold highly unlikely ever to be confiscated or declared illegal if the the economy goes down the tubes.
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