A rarely seen Hamilton "Rodney" 10 carat gold filled gentlemans' watch in great original condition and dating to the 1950's. The case and the two tone quad dial present well and the movement runs strongly and keeps time. Also fitted with a new good quality leather strap, this watch is ready for immediate use. 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. The early models from the 1930's and 40's were not marked with the model name but that changed in the 1950's when you would usually find the model name on the inside of the case. Please see the photos of this watch. I am a collector who seeks out beautiful, rare and unusual vintage watches. I only buy watches I like and American Art Deco watches from the 1930's through to the 1950's have some of the most interesting and attractive designs. They are becoming VERY collectable. But 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 gold filled in good condition, measuring approximately 34mm across, excluding the signed crown and 44mm from lug to lug. The inside of the case marked "Hamilton and Co.” and is hallmarked as 10K gold filled. There are the expected light marks on the case inevitable from use over nearly sixty years years but absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention.
Dial: in original un-restored condition, It has a two tone satin silver finish with the dial divided into quadrants. You will see that as well as showing the Hamilton name the dial is signed "Safe Driver". Hamilton provided personalised factory signed watches to a number of American companies and this watch was awarded to an employee for being a safe driver. Usually the cases were also engraved but you will see that this watch was not engraved. The hours are marked by applied 18 carat solid gold batons. The hands are in very good shape and the crystal is clean and clear. The dial is showing light patination but it looks so nice to the naked eye that I did not wish to spoil the originality of this watch by undertaking restoration.
Movement: Hamilton cal. 735 model with 18 jewels. Enthusiasts may be interested to know that the Rodney housed two different movements, the 748 and the 735, both with centre sweep seconds hands. The 735 is a more expensive movement with Incabloc protection. It has straight line damaskeened nickel plates and is marked Hamilton USA. The movement is running strongly and keeping time.
Strap: fitted with a new, generic brown leather crocodile grain strap which fitted to the watch measures approximately 215 mm from buckle tip to last hole.