I was the buyer for this watch and, as I've said before, I absolutely love it to bits. It's probably the one I would keep if I had to get rid of my collection. Why? Because of its rarity, because it was never catalogued, because it came from Rene, because it is the last US produced Hamilton, because it is a good size, because it has its original band and because it has Hamilton's (USA's???) best ever movement. Oh yeah - and because it looks fantastic on the wrist.Here is what René said about it on his site when he was offering one for sale:
"...HAMILTON "COIN WATCH". This is one of the most unusual aswell as one of the most historic of Hamilton watches. It was produced in 1969 just after all production of movements was shut down at Hamilton's Lancaster, PA factory in January 1969. Hamilton used the last remaining stocks of the superlative grade 770 movement with 22 jewels to complete this very interesting and rare watch. It was never cataloged and very few were made. It was produced in both rolled gold-plate, as this example, and in 14K solid gold. According to Paul Frankenfeld, a production manager at Hamilton at the time, only 50-75 were made in RGP, and 10-15 in 14K gold. However, based on my own experience, I believe these figures are too low. I think there were probably 150-250 in rolled gold-plate and 50-100 in gold, based on surviving examples. That still puts this watch among the very rarest of all Hamiltons ever made. The style is obviously copied after the Corum gold coin watches that were popular at the time. The dial is embossed to resemble a gold coin, and the edge of the case is reeded like a coin. It is very much a watch of its time -- a bit garish but certainly an eye-grabber! As a collectable it is one of the most sought-after of all Hamiltons because of its extreme rarity. This example is extra nice, with excellent rolled gold-plate case with no wear, and perfect original dial..." (quoted from rondeau.net).
I like it.
Mine are the same as yours Dave - but I think that it came with these and the dauphin type shown in the auction.What are the correct hands for this watch? I've seen a few with the wide blade style hands in black (as in the auction above). My example has these small, thin pointer style hands. I think the ones on mine are more appropriate for the busy design on the dial but which hands came with it from the factory?
What he said!I was the buyer for this watch and, as I've said before, I absolutely love it to bits. It's probably the one I would keep if I had to get rid of my collection. Why? Because of its rarity, because it was never catalogued, because it came from Rene, because it is the last US produced Hamilton, because it is a good size, because it has its original band and because it has Hamilton's (USA's???) best ever movement. Oh yeah - and because it looks fantastic on the wrist.
Well, my RGP Coin watch has the dauphin hands, and they appear to be original. The earlier stated idea that Hamilton was using up unused stock may be a good guess.I'm putting out the hypothesis that the RGP version of the Coin had the "stick" hands and the solid gold version had the dauphin hands.
If anyone has any evidence to the contrary please let me know.
An absolute screaming bargain and congratulations to the purchaser.For what it's worth (no pun intended)...one sold on eBay this past January. It was running and allegedly in very good condition.
The winning bid was $224.50