The “Golden Age” of Hamilton Watch Co.

Hey folks, some may remember a time (not me, I’m wayyy too young 😄) when Hamilton was not an entry level Swiss brand, but a boarder line luxury brand, with in-house, beautifully finished calibers made in Pennsylvania. this specific model is a “Barry” from 1946(?) with caliber 982. 19 jewels. with a 14k gold filled case, a sterling silver dial, and solid 18k numbers.

 I bring this up and show this model because I don’t think vintage Hamilton gets the recognition they deserve, and are drastically undervalued. If you’re new to vintage watches, and want a good place to start, pre 1970s Hamilton watches are a good place to start! 

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Let me agree and disagree.

Hamilton was one of the preeminent American watch brands.  Their styling, especially in the 1950's and early 60's set a world standard.  Their movements were durable and accurate. Hamilton was one of the companies that ushered in quartz movements (and their own demise).  Hamilton got me into this hobby and I will go out with one (for parts/repair) on my wrist.

I just don't think that they are drastically undervalued.  You can buy three Elgins or two Bulovas from a similar date for every Hamilton.  They retain value.  Sure, they are undervalued compared to their Swiss contemporaries like Omega and Eterna, but they are the value king of the American brands.

If you are only going to own a couple of vintage pieces keep a slot in the watch box for a manually wound Hamilton.

Aurelian

Let me agree and disagree.

Hamilton was one of the preeminent American watch brands.  Their styling, especially in the 1950's and early 60's set a world standard.  Their movements were durable and accurate. Hamilton was one of the companies that ushered in quartz movements (and their own demise).  Hamilton got me into this hobby and I will go out with one (for parts/repair) on my wrist.

I just don't think that they are drastically undervalued.  You can buy three Elgins or two Bulovas from a similar date for every Hamilton.  They retain value.  Sure, they are undervalued compared to their Swiss contemporaries like Omega and Eterna, but they are the value king of the American brands.

If you are only going to own a couple of vintage pieces keep a slot in the watch box for a manually wound Hamilton.

You make a good point! Maybe not drastically undervalued. I do feel that Hamilton made a better product than either Elgin, Waltham, or Bulova during this time. Even my Lord Elgin isn’t nearly as nicely finished as my Hamilton of the same decade.