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Tonneau engraved

Catalogued 1927-1932

Green gold filled with black enamel filled engraving on bezel & midcase

Two-tone dial with luminous numbers

28mm wide excluding the crown

34mm over the lugs

18mm strap width

5,568 total production

$57.00 new








Tonneau plain

Green gold filled with with black enamel filled midcase

5,917 total production

$57.00 new


 

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I thought we only got double shots on Tuesday. I guess it's 2 fer Friday - works for me!
Same model, same gold color. I don't want to bore you guys with separate posting of the same model that have minor differences. The oldest models were usually offered in white, gold, and green cases, plain and engraved bezels, and multiple dial options. I'll try to keep the postings interesting for these by showing pics of all of them in a single post.
 

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I have a white gold filled version of the Tonneau...

... it was my first Hamiton purchase:





I think that this is a very old redial, but the crystal looks like the original faceted glass. The movement is unbelievably accurate, runs around +5 sec. per day at 80 years old.

Happy labor day,
gatorcpa

P.S. - Any Louisiana Forumners - My thoughts are with you.
 

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Just wanna ask if a Tonneau in normal or engraved form was ever sold or known to be sold with applied gold numerals or something other than the luminous dial? Because there was one engraved sold some days ago and I am not sure if that was original or a kind of "Franken".
 

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Just wanna ask if a Tonneau in normal or engraved form was ever sold or known to be sold with applied gold numerals or something other than the luminous dial? Because there was one engraved sold some days ago and I am not sure if that was original or a kind of "Franken".
I've seen a few examples with applied gold numerals. This was definitely not the most common form. I think those dials were original configuration. It would be hard to "franken" this dial, as it only fits one model!
 

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... it was my first Hamiton purchase:

I think that this is a very old redial, but the crystal looks like the original faceted glass.
Gator, (I realize this is an old thread, but) I agree that this is probably an old redial (the lume is not quite perfect), but the numerals and markings have been engraved into the metal of the dial and filled with black enamel, so these remain factory crisp after each redial (until they are worn away, that is).

Here's one of mine, recently redialed, but with similar type of dial:

 

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Just wanna ask if a Tonneau in normal or engraved form was ever sold or known to be sold with applied gold numerals or something other than the luminous dial? Because there was one engraved sold some days ago and I am not sure if that was original or a kind of "Franken".
Nope, not a Franken. Attached is a picture from the 1932 catalog. I saw that auction and the watch was very nice.

Adam, re my watch - the redialler wasn't that good with the enamel paint. There's too much of it in some spots and it went into the new lume. It's not noticeable except under high magification.

Take care,
gatorcpa
 

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Nope, not a Franken. Attached is a picture from the 1932 catalog. I saw that auction and the watch was very nice.

Adam, re my watch - the redialler wasn't that good with the enamel paint. There's too much of it in some spots and it went into the new lume. It's not noticeable except under high magification.

Take care,
gatorcpa
Thanks, good to know. I saw it too late, to try my own luck with it but it's now in my own little spreadsheet and since I know it is an original configuration I know it better the next time.
 

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my vintage Hamiltons range from a 1920's white gold Square to a 1960's Masterpiece with a 770 movement. they're all beautiful & run like new. looking at these pictures, I suddenly realized why the watch magazines don't have columns on vintage watches. what would the advertisers say if the magazine featured a vintage watch that was more beautiful than the modern stuff, & kept equally good time?
 
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