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Hamilton Yorktowne
catalogued 1940-1941
10K yellow gold filled case (identical to the 14K ygf Clark)
17-jewel 980 movement
available with 18K applied gold numeral dial (most common) or a two-tone roman numeral dial
case size 20mm x 32mm (42mm over the lug tips)
14mm strap width


This dial option is extremely rare with only two surfacing in the last 6 years compared with 100-200 AGN versions. There was some concern on my part that the dial was not authentic because it was not mentioned in the catalogs, but a researcher at the NAWCC found the blueprint of it.







 

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Does someone know if this could be a Yorktowne or a Clark? I am not sure. I thought it would be a Yorktowne but since I looked inside there is the marking that the case is 14K gold filled and the serial number on the 980 dated it around 1937/38. What troubles me a little bit is that the hands look different from the Clarks I have seen so far.
 

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Does someone know if this could be a Yorktowne or a Clark? I am not sure. I thought it would be a Yorktowne but since I looked inside there is the marking that the case is 14K gold filled and the serial number on the 980 dated it around 1937/38. What troubles me a little bit is that the hands look different from the Clarks I have seen so far.
The Clark and Yorktowne cases are identical, except the Clark is 14K gold fill while the Yorktowne is 10K gold fill. Your hands appear to be from a Yorktowne, and as mentioned above, the dial appears to have been refinished.
 

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Have the Clarks always the hands like on Tom's Clark? I mean during the last months I have seen several watches on ebay like mine, with these hands and a 14K gold filled case.
Right now there is another one:
Yorktowne

It seems strange that they have exchanged the hands on a lots of older Clarks with that from the Yorktowne.
 

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If a watchmaker (or hobbyist) has a perfectly good Clark case with a non-running movement, and a badly worn Yorktowne case with a running movement, it's simple to put these two together and sell it on eBay for $100-$200 for about five minutes of work. The reality is that the vast majority of watchmakers know nothing of the minor differences between the two models, so they don't realize that they're creating Frankens. None of the Hamilton catalogs show the Clark with hands like those on the Yorktowne and vice-versa.
 
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