Hamilton 16s 17J, circa 1914
Model 974, Adjusted, OF
Lever Set, Stem Wind
Gold Filled RR style case
Dial: Original double
sunk dial is signed Hamilton in black script over the white dial.
It features Arabic numerals with red five minute numerals around
the outside edge of the dial. This is very common for the Hamilton
Railroad watches. There are a couple of faint hairlines as shown
in the photos, that are not noticeable at normal viewing distance,
but can be found under magnification.
Movement: This original
Hamilton movement is the more classy gilt trim version, sometimes
mistakenly referred to as two tone. It features gilt screws and
the gilt micrometric regulator. This is the earlier 974 with single
roller, expansion balance, and screw down jewel settings. The movement
is marked "Hamilton Watch Co, Lancaster, PA, 17 Jewels, Adjusted".
It has been professionally cleaned, oiled, and timed and is ready
to be worn every day, or put into your collection.
Case: The case is marked
"10 Kt Gold Filled", and was made by the Star Watch Case
Company. The bezel has some very minor brass showing near the perfect
clear glass crystal. The back of the case has a faint engraving
of what appears to be "E. H. Stewart, 21148." I am not
sure what the number meant, maybe it was a previous owners RR employee
number. I really have no idea. This engraving is pretty worn and
there are some scratches over it as someone may have tried to buff
it out. None of the gold is worn off so much as to show brass on
the back cover. The screw back and front bezel thread on and off
properly. The bow is nice and tight and this case shows very well.