Just picked this Nautilus 404 today at a local auction. Should clean up nice!
Couple more for July Enjoy
1954 Lawton with Original Bracelet
1954 Boulton with Original Bracelet
Been a busy month so far in the pursuit of hard to get models....
c1958 Electric Victor
c1965 Electric Nautilus 506 with original bracelet
(I've noticed the "bark finish" bezel ring at different orientations in the catalogue image, in Jim's (Just 1 More) and with this one. I assume therefore it can be rotated when the watch is in pieces so I will have it set to parallel with the bracelet whenever this is sent away for work).
c1964 Lord Lancaster F
Quite a good score this one; 14K solid white gold, diamonds and a 17 jewel movement.
Would consider selling a child in exchange for an original strap.
Last edited by stales; 07-28-2012 at 12:43 PM.
Couldn't resist this one.
c 1953 14K solid yellow gold Secometer C; 18 jewel 748 movement.
Very happy to be doing my bit to save solid gold models from the melters....
But wait, there's more....
Comes with inner and outer boxes and 'care' document.
But wait, there's more....
Being a presentation watch it has full provenance - who the recipient was (James W. Donaldson), who he worked for (Standard of California) and when (1953). All standard stuff. But, Mr Donaldson's details were printed on the outer box at the Hamilton factory, tying the box to the dedication. [Well - I think that is extremely cool!]
Extremely happy so far!
But wait, there's more.... This watch even comes with some intrigue!
The eagle eyed among you out there will have noticed something a bit funny about the outer box. Hands up those who saw it?
Well, here it is again....
The serial numbers match the watch - but what's this about a Vancott?
Here's what the vendor had to say on the matter...
"The Vancott was one of the rarest of Hamilton watches produced and the story goes that most of the 14K versions never got out to the general public and that is why they are rare. ....I was told that because the 14K Vancott got such limited distribution that stamped boxes may have been used for other Hamilton models. Thus, this Secometer C was housed in an original Vancott box."
I'd like to know if this explanation is satisfactory and plausible? Or is it possible that the 14K Secometer C Presentation Watch was known as a Vancott in 1953 - even though the 'original' Vancott is known to be an uncatalogued model from a few years earlier? This would seem simpler to me.
[EDIT: The plot thickens. A colleague has pointed out that the known Vancotts were fitted a 987S 'hacking' movement; not the 748 as clearly stated on the box].
Last edited by stales; 07-28-2012 at 06:22 PM.
Also count myself very fortunate to have bagged this one....
c1965 Electric Savitar II in white gold fill. New old stock. Far more difficult to find than its yellow gold filled sibling.
Unfortunately I think it's probably too good to wear.
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