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Gentlemen, this is my first Hamilton, a vintage Masterpiece automatic in 14k solid gold. After looking at it for a few days in the jewelry shop that belongs to an old friend, I decided it was too pristine to pass by, and negotiated a deal this morning. My calipers make it just under 34mm from 10 to 4, just over 35mm including crown, and 38.5mm from lug to lug (vertical). The Arabic numerals and indices appear to be gold also, and I suspect the dial will prove to be either silver or white gold. I don't think it "hacks," because when I pull out the stem, the second hand doesn't stop. I've only had it on my wrist for a couple of hours, but it is keeping right up with the Rolex I set it by. My friend said the 25-jewels indicate it is one of Hamilton's better movements. As you can see from the engraving on the back, the piece dates from approx. 1964. Can any of you Hammy guys provide more information?:biggrin:
 

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Great acquisition! That's a very handsome watch.

I bought a late 1960s Hamilton Masterpiece sometime last summer with the same movement. The movement has been uncared for for decades, and I was planning to get it fixed but never got around to it. It's still sitting in storage. Apparently, the 25 jewel automatics Hamilton used were all Swiss made, thus stripping it Hamilton automatic watches the distinction of being truly "American Made"
 

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@tberry you just ate your first chip....bet you can't just eat one! Congrats! The Masterpiece was the quintessential award watch of its time. Some say there was never a model called Masterpiece...But yours has it written in the dial.

@Wally - You are correct..Hamilton imported ALL of its automatic movements from the Swiss.
 

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@tberry you just ate your first chip....bet you can't just eat one! Congrats! The Masterpiece was the quintessential award watch of its time.

@Wally - You are correct..Hamilton imported ALL of its automatic movements from the Swiss.
Very informative. I took the watch to my regular AD this afternoon to treat it to a new, padded strap and asked the watchmaker if he knew which movement the watch has. He couldn't just pop the back, because he said the movement is accessed by removing the crystal. But his book showed the probable 6... series auto movement. If the watch tells me it needs servicing, I'll take it to a local watchmaker who specializes in vintage watches and we'll open her up and figure it all out. Hell, I may go ahead and have it serviced whether it needs it or not;I'm curious.
 
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