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    A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    Some time ago in 1910 a watch left Hamilton's factory along with other 499 clones.



    The railroad grade 992, model 1(one) featuring one of the most beautiful movement decoration patterns.





    A man bought this horological instrument probably putting in quite a bit of his savings.
    The watch gets lots of use, services and love.
    Inner side of a caseback earns tattoos from watchmakers, one indicating a date of 8/27/58.
    Five years later in the dawn of quartz crisis, a man decided to gift it to his son Paul. 1963 April, could be Paul's birthday.






    Time did not just stand in immobile position and second by second the year 1990 came.
    December 25, the Xmas to be exact. Everyone was going crazy about gifts, purchases and shops.
    But not Paul, he's got a gift for his son Ross already.
    The Hamilton is passed along to the new possessor, a grandchild of the first timepiece owner.
    Interesting enough a very similar inscription font was used after 27 years.




    Aaaand... Dates end here. What happened next we can only fantasize...



    Saturday evening, 29 years later I am sitting here with the same, three generations heirloom pocket watch that ended up on ebay and attaching a story to the inscribed dates.
    Chaos is my focus

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    Re: A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    Makes you wonder what could have possessed Ross to let that PW go.
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    Re: A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    What a story. As Dan says we can only wonder.

    You wrote it so nicely and pleasant to read, like a fairy tale. Wonderful watch.
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    Re: A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    Beautiful watch with a wonderful story

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    Re: A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    Thanks for showing this piece with its curious human interest story.

    Regards,

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    Re: A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    ...and a sad ending. I too wonder what happened to Ross. Died and his heirs just wanted to get rid of this for cash? The watch never really meant anything to him? He fell out with his ancestors and wanted to get rid of everything that reminded him of them?

    Hartmut Richter
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    As others have mentioned, we can only imagine why such a treasured heirloom is no longer with the family, but I am gladdened that it found its way to someone with the sensibilities to appreciate it. We are fortunate you chose to share its mysteries with us.
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    Re: A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    I love threads like this and what a fabulous piece!
    I restore old briar tobacco pipes and very rarely get the history on a pipe picked up on Ebay. I always say it's too bad these things can't talk. In this case, it did!
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    Re: A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    Glad you like it guys :)
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    Re: A story of a Hamilton 992 and it's tattoos

    Very interesting story-line and nice pics of such a tremendous watch.
    It hurts that someone in the family no longer cared enough to pass it down...but I'm glad that you treasure it and own it.
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