This offering is an exquisite Hamilton movement married with a new case which can only be described as a work of art. The wristwatch is the combination of a 1914 pocket watch and a unique skeleton beehive engraving.
Edition: One of a kind.
Circa: 1914, with signed movement.
Condition: Excellent. Like new.
Gender: Men's watch
Note: These watches that have been converted from vintage pocket watches and in most cases are quite large watches. We have always presented them as men’s watches, but an increasing number of women are wearing them as astounding statement/bracelet/watch combination pieces.
Item Number: 1890
Dial: This half-skeleton dial is a very handsome specimen with bee & beehive carvings, Arabic numerals, mineral glass on front and back.
Case: This case is new, hand-crafted, made of the finest parts and materials, and features polished stainless steel and has been designed specially to house this antique movement.
Origin/Model: This fine Hamilton Grade 974 model features an open face, 17 jewels, exhibition back, 3 positions, Model 1, Reed micrometric regulator, double roller, cupped gold jewel settings, gold center wheel, gold balance screws, nickel plate, stem wind, pendant-set (converted to pin-set) movement. Serial number 1174786 dates it to the year 1914.
Movement/Mechanism: This fine 974 movement is in excellent working order, with a dead flat and true balance wheel motion that has a fine, wide arc and strong, steady beat. The movement is a smooth wind, starts right up on the 4th wind all by its lonesome, and pendants sets as designed. This beautiful watch has the original movement and has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time.
Band: The watch is fitted with a brown 22mm genuine leather strap with a chromed metal buckle to match the color of the case.
Box: Your watch will be delivered in one of our own signature collectible wooden watch boxes. Or if you prefer, this watch can be delivered to you in a brand new authentic Hamilton travel wallet or pouch or an authentic Hamilton watch box.
Shipping: Free shipping on all order. Two-day delivery anywhere in the United States for all purchases over two thousand dollars and ground delivery for all other orders.
Directions: This is an antique watch. Different antique watches use different mechanisms to wind and/or set the time. If you are not familiar with these, or it is unclear to you how to wind or set the time on your particular watch please contact us for specific instructions prior to attempting wind the watch or set the time to prevent damaging the watch.
Servicing: This original movement of this beautiful wristwatch has been beautifully preserved, astoundingly so considering the age of the piece. The mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Protecting and Caring For Your Watch: All antique watches are mechanical, and as such should be treated with extra care. You should be careful not to expose an antique watch to the wear and tear. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wear it often, or even every day. The best thing for something that is mechanical is to be used regularly. It does mean extra care should be taken not to drop it or expose it to water.
Antique watches are generally not waterproof as this technology was not in general use until the mid-20th century. You should therefore protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
If your watch becomes wet it should be dried as quickly as possible. This should be done using a hair dryer, opening all covers and gently blow drying the movement, dial, covers, and crown. This will eliminate or at least reduce the build up of any rust. Be careful not to turn the speed of the hairdryer up too high or hold it too close to the watch. A strong hair dryer held too close to a watch could blow a hand off the watch.
If your watch becomes exposed to salt water you should immediately spray your watch with purified water to remove all salt before drying the watch. If salt is left inside the watch it will combine with moisture in the air over time and begin to rust metal the components of the movement and other parts of the watch.
Winding any mechanical watch too tightly may break the mainspring, so be mindful of when you begin to feel resistance as you are winding your watch. Avoid winding the watch with force or aggressively.
When you are adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. It is possible that counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement. If you do decide to make counter-clockwise adjustments make them for minutes, not hours.
We recommend that every two to three years you have your watch serviced, primarily to oil the mechanisms within the movement.
If for any reason dust or dirt makes its way into the watch, allow the watch to run down completely. Don’t wind the watch again before having it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove the most important lubricants and cause the movement components to wear down.
If a need arises to clean the case, dial, crystal, etc., we advise you use a cloth that does not leave fibers as these may get caught and left behind in the movement.
Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made including iron-based components
Antique watches typically keep time accurately within about five minutes per day. If you experienced a various significantly greater than that, please contact us (or a watch professional for diagnosis). We see this very, very rarely with our watches, but should it occur it is not cause to be alarmed.
If you are flying a high-altitudes regularly with your antique watch you may wish to have it oiled more than every two to three years. The extreme temperature changes that accompany high altitudes can cause the oil viscosity to decrease more rapidly than usual.
The Story: Hamilton is one of the great American watch makers. The company was founded by Irving Siegel in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1912. His son Martin, who now serves as Chairman, joined the business in 1955, and his son Hank followed in his footsteps in 1981, serving as president and CEO since 1992. To the present, Hamilton Jewelers seeks to combine the characteristics of an international jeweler with the unique hospitality of a regional family business.
Every Watch Has a StoryTM is in no way affiliated with Hamilton and does not claim to be. We simply love their products and make them available to our customers who enjoy surrounding themselves with the best of the best.