Those electrics weren't cheap back in the day!!
We are in touch with him as I write this post, Mac. He is going to visit us, he says and we hope that an announcement may be forthcoming, so keep your eyes peeled on this site.:w00t:I bought both René Rondeau's books and he was more than happy to autograph them for me. He is the leading authority on Hamilton watches and restores them to original factory specs and condition. You should check out his website.
One book is the complete history of Hamilton Watch Company and the other is a guide to Hamilton watches. Both are brilliant.
Rusty, we should get an interview with him. I'm sure he'd love to know about the forum.
RE: Knight Watchman's post.
You can see that those Hamiltons in that ad are by no means cheap.
Sixty Dollars in 1936 was a heck of a lot of money, considering no one had any money in those days. Maybe Railroad workers were doing better than most.
Using the Consumer Price Index as a comparison, $60 was worth $872.73
Of course, those watches are gold-filled and I haven't really noted any gold-filled watches on the market, though I could be wrong.
Everything seems to be either solid gold or plated.
Considering that, I'm not really sure how that comparison works out in comparing what that same watch produced today would cost.
Maybe a lot more.