A Hamilton Parker 10 carat solid gold gentlemans' watch in great original un-restored condition, manufactured in c1959. Like most presentation watches I come across, this watch looks to have been infrequently used. The case has gorgeous tear drop lugs, the two tone dial looks superb and the high grade 22 jewel shockproof movement runs perfectly and keeps time. The watch is quadruple signed, on the dial, case, crown and movement.
Hamilton, to the best of my knowledge, is the only watchmaking company to have given its models mens' names. The chances were that a man could find a model with his name on it. I am a collector who seeks out beautiful, rare and unusual vintage watches. I only buy watches I like and Hamilton produced some of the most interesting and attractive models over a time span of some eighty years. They are becoming VERY collectable. People are not just collecting them, they are using them as everyday watches and this watch looks really eye catching when worn.
Case: 10 carat solid gold, in very good condition indeed, measuring approximately 33 mm across, excluding the signed crown and 41 mm from lug to lug. There are just the expected light marks on the case from use over the years, but no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to highlight. The rear of the case is signed "Hamilton" as is the inside which is also hallmarked as 10K Gold. There is a presentation engraving on the rear cover showing that this watch was given as a 25 year service award. I am often asked whether the value of a watch is diminished by a presentation engraving but as it can usually be completely removed from a solid gold case by a jeweller's lathe or filling with gold, the question is somewhat academic. However I believe, as do many of my buyers, that an engraving adds interest to a vintage watch. Furthermore, what I almost always find, is that a presentation watch has been carefully looked after, spending more time carefully stored in a drawer than on the wrist.
Dial: factory original, signed "Hamilton" with a satin silver finish and hours marked by applied 18 carat solid gold Arabic numerals and dots. The gold hands are in very good shape. A subsidiary seconds dial with cross hairs is located just above the 6 o'clock position and the crystal is clean and clear.
Movement: Hamilton high grade 770 grade model with 22 jewels and Incabloc shockproofing. It has straight line damaskeened nickel plates and is marked Hamilton USA. The movement is running strongly and keeping time.
Strap: new generic brown leather strap, which fitted to the watch measures approximately 208 mm from buckle tip to last hole.