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I was at my dad's and he handed me this Hamilton in a baggie and said he bought it years ago on the bay and had forgot about it. I wound it and it took off. The serial # put's it at 1918 from what I see and it is a 974 model. Now the bad news, It is missing the back and if I pull the stem up it rotates free but hands don't move. I don't think it is a front set as I can't tell if the front comes off. Where would I start to find a back for this?
 

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A 974 is pendent set so pulling the stem should do the trick but it's possible that it's just gunked up and needs to be cleaned. It's a size 16 watch so you may need to look for a new case. Finding a matching back would be very hard I think.
 

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You d' man, Ben!:thumbup1:

What tells you it's lever set? The case, serial number.
 

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The serial number is also a giveaway. The records show that this particular serial number is 974L, not 974P. It also indicates manufacture date after 8/12/20, not 1918.
 

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Wow!!!!!!

Loads of information guy's thanks!!!!! I will look at the front closer as I have not had much time with it. I was also under the impression that all lever set fronts screwed off. Will keep you posted with what I find. Thanks again
 

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Nice watch! Hamilton PWs were my first love, horologically speaking.

I was also under the impression that all lever set fronts screwed off.
Unless someone recased it in the wrong style of case, yeah. 92 years is a long time, and some watches and cases have been paired and re-paired a number of times over the years.
 

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Bummer

Well I spent the day going over a few watches and then I pulled out the Hamilton. I had first wound it just a little to see if it ran and after reading the post's I popped the face off and set the time. I wound it slowly like I do all my older pieces and never give them full winding's. I felt the unmistakable feel of the mainspring slipping. I wound it to just the point of it slipping and hate it because it ran for 6 hours and seemed to keep good time.

So now the question, needing a case and a spring is this watch still suitable for repair or put in a parts bin? If I do repair it what would be a ballpark price? Also who do you recommend for this type work? Thanks for the great feedback!!!!
 

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