I Just Love those Enamel Dials . . .
I know the "applied gold numeral" dials were more expensive but I just love the "enamel dials." They look amazing and have a "vintage" look about them that the "applied gold numeral" dial doesn't. I also love the stark black enamel against the white dial - they look great!
Regarding the "ordering" of cases, Hamilton did not order one set amount. There was an initial order and depending on popularity, Hamilton would order more from the case manufacturer based on demand. This is how it was done:
Hamilton typically sent out "dummy" models to their dealers. These "dummy" models were sample cases with dial and hands but no movements. In fact, 14K gold samples sometimes were not made of 14K gold, but gold-filled or simple base metal. In later years, Hamilton dealers would pay for the case and if they liked it, and ordered numerous cases, Hamilton would then send a movement to put into the sample case but these cases were made just as the "to be sold" examples were made. If a jeweler did not like the model, or could not sell it, the jeweler was given a credit or could send the case back.