Suggestion needed for an antique Hamilton Pocket Watch
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    Suggestion needed for an antique Hamilton Pocket Watch

    Hi folks!

    My name is Armen, and I'm pretty much a newbie in the watch world. But lately I've been fascinated by the mechanical watches (both auto and manual wind) and I decided to get a couple of watches for myself from Ebay.

    The first watch recently arrived: A 1902 Hamilton encased in an IWC Spartan case which I managed to get a for a good deal. Great working condition, just needs to get it cleaned. However, a small disaster struck when I accidentally dropped it, and now the plastic of the case has come off.

    Seeing that this is my first antique pocket watch I would like to splurge a little; and currently deciding on whether I should recase it in a different Spartan casing, and entirely different metal casing by another case maker, or go all out for a silver sterling case which I would seriously love to own.

    There's a likelihood that I may need to send the watch out of my country, since pocket watches aren't really a thing yet in Singapore (where I stayed, but somehow I am seeing a trend of interest which I am looking to capitalise, heh). So that is added shipping cost to consider.

    So would really be worth the investment?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Suggestion needed for an antique Hamilton Pocket Watch

    I don't know a lot about american watches but usually if you know the movement its standardized and with some endurance you can fish a matching Dennison, Wathsworth, Elgin or other case for the american market. I guess it would be a good idea to write down all facts you've about the movement and if possible to add a picture. Probably the guys with a knowledge of these watches can help you then out of your trouble in a historical correct way. During this aera most watches could be sold with movement and case seperately in america.

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    Re: Suggestion needed for an antique Hamilton Pocket Watch

    Okay here are the pictures:
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    Re: Suggestion needed for an antique Hamilton Pocket Watch

    I also gathered that it's 925 grade pocket watch.

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    Re: Suggestion needed for an antique Hamilton Pocket Watch

    Your watch is a hunter movement in an open face case ( known as a sidewinder). Probably recased several decades after the watch was originally sold. You need a size 18 hunter case to make it look original.

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    Re: Suggestion needed for an antique Hamilton Pocket Watch

    You could try looking at the early catalogues here; Vintage Watch Forums • View forum - Hamilton Dealer Catalogs
    This will give you an idea of what to look for.

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    Re: Suggestion needed for an antique Hamilton Pocket Watch

    Thanks a lot, folks!

    Now my task is to find a suitable case from the right era.

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