Here we have a wonderful example of the famous Hamilton Model 22. The Model 22 is considered by many to be the finest lever escapement timepiece ever made by machine, considering construction quality and accuracy. Hamilton designed and built these for the military during World War II to aid in navigation. This one is all-original, circa 1941 and in great condition inside and out. It was issued to the Navy during World War II.
The movement is a MASSIVE 35 size featuring 21 jewels and is adjusted to 6 positions and temperature. As you see from the pictures, is in very good condition with no rust or discoloration. The original Hamilton dial looks wonderful with just some very light, even aging. Most of these you’ll come across aren’t nearly as nice. The Keystone case is also in great shape given its age, and is signed “Bureau of Ships, U.S., N4098 – 1941, Chronometer Watch”.
The price includes full restoration and repair. The work will be performed after purchase. This entails proper service of the movement and a new mainspring. As you can see, we have set aside the parts needed for this restoration. They include the new mainspring plus a new crystal (current one has yellowed in spots) and a replacement crystal for the wood box. As you can see in the photos the current crystal has also yellowed due to age. We will also repair anything necessary to bring this watch into proper working order. The case will be ultrasonically cleaned only.
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 we only use period-correct parts, and in most cases, genuine factory parts from the same time period as the watch.