And My Hamilton Madness Continues
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    And My Hamilton Madness Continues

    So besides the 962 I kind of went and got these......

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    The one on the left is a 960 with only the serial and "Adjusted" markings. Pendant set of a 1901 production run. Dirty, regulator banked to fast, plastic crystal but....I have been looking at getting this one for a few years from the seller and finally decided to go for it. The one on the right is a 950B with the correct porcelain dial. Again....needs a clean and I am keeping an eye out for a Model A case that is not all brassed up.

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    Re: And My Hamilton Madness Continues

    thoth...some nice-looking Hamiltons! I have long thought that the 960 is one of Hamilton's best, nicest-looking movements. Same goes for the 961. Once your's is cleaned up, it will really glisten.

    If I were going for a Trip around the World, I'd take the 950B. If I were going to visit the Louvre to see DaVinci's well-known painting, I'd take the 960.

    Enjoy. Michael.
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    Gorgeous!

    And don't you ever call that regulation in the 950B a 'goose neck regulator with that extra bend'... It has it's own name. Look under 'Hamilton Spring' in that special section found on that fabulous and highly helpful and informative website pocketwatchdatabase (we all know that, but it can't be be repeated too often).

    https://pocketwatchdatabase.com/reference/regulators
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    Beautiful!! I love Hamilton's bridge movements!

    My very first Railroad watch was a Hamilton 950B. It was a thing of beauty. And I was an idiot and sold it, when my interest in watches waned and I wanted money for another hobby. But I still have pictures of it! It was in a Model 17 case, with a Melamine dial in perfect condition - same print as your porcelain.



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    Beautiful!! I love Hamilton's bridge movements!

    My very first Railroad watch was a Hamilton 950B. It was a thing of beauty. And I was an idiot and sold it, when my interest in watches waned and I wanted money for another hobby. But I still have pictures of it! It was in a Model 17 case, with a Melamine dial in perfect condition - same print as your porcelain.



    Love it! I made the mistake of selling the one I had before....this one is going nowhere.

    Were the bridges brass in these? The reason I ask is because the section on the 960 by the detent screw. It looks like the pattern was brushed off but I thought that would go down to the brass too quickly to brush it.

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    Gotta love those movements!
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    No idea.

    But I DID notice that between the time that your 950B (and my new 1943 992B) were made, and the time my old 950B was made(1958), Hamilton ditched the gold center wheel and gold bezel settings for the jewels. The cap jewel settings on the upper pallet and escape wheel pivots appear to still be gold in 1958, but everything else that was gold in the early 1940s is brass by then. I can't remember whether the balance screws were brass, but I wouldn't be surprised. They're gold in the 1943 992B.

    The other observation is that Hamilton also changed the finish on the detent (actually 'shipper lever', per Hamilton) screws. Your 950B and my 992B have blued shipper lever screws, whereas in the 1958 950B that screw head is domed and polished.
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    Re: And My Hamilton Madness Continues

    No idea.

    But I DID notice that between the time that your 950B (and my new 1943 992B) were made, and the time my old 950B was made(1958), Hamilton ditched the gold center wheel and gold bezel settings for the jewels. The cap jewel settings on the upper pallet and escape wheel pivots appear to still be gold in 1958, but everything else that was gold in the early 1940s is brass by then. I can't remember whether the balance screws were brass, but I wouldn't be surprised. They're gold in the 1943 992B.

    The other observation is that Hamilton also changed the finish on the detent (actually 'shipper lever', per Hamilton) screws. Your 950B and my 992B have blued shipper lever screws, whereas in the 1958 950B that screw head is domed and polished.
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