Stunning Example! This C-1918, 16s pocketwatch is the very best American Watchmaking had to offer, the Beautifully decorated “Bar” movement Hamilton 950. It features 23 gold-set jewels, adjusted 5 positions and solid gold train wheels. The porcelain dial features the big scrolling Arabic numerals. It is also doubled sunk with matching blued steel hands. The case features a very rare “Rigid” or “Stiff” bow with screw on/off bezel and back and original glass crystal. It is the Fahy’s Bristol signed RR model in 14K gold filled. The case is in outstanding condition.
This has been in my collection for more than 20 years. The case has never been polished and hardly used. Any discoloration seen in the pictures is tarnish or patina as some like to call it today. It is what happens to a gold finish left unused, untouched and stored away for many years. This movement is easily one of the best 950 you are likely to see. All plates are bright as is the gold and the screw heads look great. This is truly a very special pocketwatch.
Photos are of the watch in its current, unrestored state.
The price includes full restoration and repair. The work will be performed after purchase. This entails proper service of the movement, a new mainspring, and anything else that would be necessary to bring the watch into proper working order. Case cleaning and refinishing are also included. The extent of case refinishing, if any will be left up to the new owner.
Once you’ve made your purchase, please contact us so we may discuss the restoration and case refinishing.
Please allow 1-2 weeks after purchase for service to be completed.
Our goal is to achieve what we refer to as “Sympathetic Restoration”; in other words, bringing the watch back as close as possible to its original appearance without the need to remove all signs of its former life. We don’t want to dramatically change its history.
During the restoration, we only use period-correct parts, and in most cases, genuine factory parts from the same time period as the watch.