One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

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    One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    I just won this tonight...a 1936 Hamilton Linwood in a l-o-o-o-o-o-n-g 43mm 14K gold filled case with a beautifully stepped bezel. It's hard to find a Linwood without significant brassing around the steps. No personalization either. I can't wait to get this one on my wrist. Now, what do I sell to make room for it???







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    Re: One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    What's this model/style/design of watch made by Hamilton, called? I've seen a fair few of them on this forum and I've really grown to like them. If I buy a mechanical wristwatch, --- just one, it would be this one...
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    Re: One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    Grade 980 - model Linwood. It's a design inspired by the Gruen Curvex. Dare I say homage?

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    Re: One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray MacDonald View Post
    Grade 980 - model Linwood. It's a design inspired by the Gruen Curvex. Dare I say homage?
    Hmmmm...not sure I would term this one a homage. Since the Linwood and the Curvex were both mid-thirties models (and beyond), I think perhaps Gruen just came up with a better, or more elegant, solution to building the popular curved case watches.
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    Re: One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    Regardless both Gruen and Hamilton made some beautiful curved designs and this one is particularly fine. Thanks for posting it, Tom.

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    Re: One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    Tom - you ability to score beautiful vintage pieces never ceases to amaze me. I wish I had your skill (and budget, ha ha).

    I get to San Diego on business sometimes, it would be a treat to see your collection. I'm attaching a photo of another curved case pre-war Hamilton I have, a Sutton. The movement isn't curved, but the case is made to curve on the wrist.

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    Re: One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    Quote Originally Posted by Young at Heart View Post
    Tom - you ability to score beautiful vintage pieces never ceases to amaze me. I wish I had your skill (and budget, ha ha).

    I get to San Diego on business sometimes, it would be a treat to see your collection. I'm attaching a photo of another curved case pre-war Hamilton I have, a Sutton. The movement isn't curved, but the case is made to curve on the wrist.

    Congratulations
    Very nice Sutton. I've owned (and sold) at least a couple. Reminds me of the Dickens I'm wearing today.

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    Re: One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    Hi -

    Tom, your ability to pick them continues to amaze me: you da man.

    I've picked up the one or the other watch recently, but simply haven't had time to take pix in a meaningful way. A nice Eterna, a lovely Stowa with a gold-plated movement that is now at the watchmaker for a new crown, stem and a general overhaul; and that nice old Gruen from 1939.

    I hope to have some time this weekend to finally dust off the camera and lenses and get some pictures taken: I've got a new panorama head and think I can do some mosaic closeups...

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    Re: One of the finest pre-war Hamiltons I've seen!

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnF View Post
    Hi -

    Tom, your ability to pick them continues to amaze me: you da man.

    I've picked up the one or the other watch recently, but simply haven't had time to take pix in a meaningful way. A nice Eterna, a lovely Stowa with a gold-plated movement that is now at the watchmaker for a new crown, stem and a general overhaul; and that nice old Gruen from 1939.

    I hope to have some time this weekend to finally dust off the camera and lenses and get some pictures taken: I've got a new panorama head and think I can do some mosaic closeups...

    JohnF
    I just keep this little Canon next to my computer. I open the window blinds and take most of my wrist shots (like the one above) right here at my desk. It then just takes a minute to upload. I took the one below a few hours ago here at my desk (monitor in background).



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