Yet another interesting watch, Mark! And don’t shoot the messenger, but while those round bezel-set diamonds are consistent with what I’ve observed on Hamilton-produced diamond dials of the era, there are also a few inconsistencies that should be noted…
-The lettering of ‘Hamilton’ appear to vary in thickness across the printing and the lettering of ‘Wes Calhoun’ appears hand-drawn/applied.
-While Hamilton did offer customers the option of having their name appear on pocketwatch dials (spelled out using applied gold letters in place of the 1-12 markers), I’m not aware that this or printing-as-pictured was ever available on wristwatches. When Hamilton did customize wristwatch dials (in bulk for corporate awards (Packard, Frigidaire, etc)), the customer’s logo replaced ‘Hamilton’ under 12:00 and ‘Hamilton’ appeared above the seconds chapter.
-The 5:00 and 7:00 diamonds don’t appear to be in the correct location –they’re aligned on the 26- and 34-minute marks (as opposed to being aligned on the 25- and 35-minute marks and aligned vertically below the 1:00 and 11:00 diamonds. This alignment is consistently pictured in catalogs/ads and appears on other 11-round diamond dial examples (Brock, Rutledge, others?)).
-The Cambridge was never cataloged with an 11-round diamond dial. While an 11-diamond variant was cataloged ’53-’54, it consisted of 8 round and 3 baguette diamonds. See Christmas ’53 ad and the original-dialed, never-engraved example poorly pictured below).
In ’54, a standard Cambridge would set you back $350 while the distinction of the 8-round 3-baguette diamond dial would run you a whopping $550! That’s the equivalent of $2846 and $4472 today!
Happy Hamilton Hunting!