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photo by B. Girouard

Hamilton Custer
catalogued 1935-1936
19-jewel model 982 movement
14K yellow gold case
28mm case width
38mm over the lug tips
19mm strap width
3 dial options: $80.00 for 18K applied gold numerals (most common), $77.50 for black enamel numerals, & $80.00 for applied gold marker dial (least common)
production figures unknown


A scarce model in its own right, the ratio of AGN dials to the other two variations is roughly 25:1

1935 catalog


1936 catalog



 

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Thanks Tom, you've solved a mystery for me...

I saw this watch for sale not long ago:



I thought it could be a Custer, but had never seen that dial style before and couldn't find another like it. :confused1: It went for a very reasonable price.

I didn't bid high as I just wasn't sure what it was. Now I know. I won't miss it next time. ;)

Thanks again,
gatorcpa
 

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I thought it could be a Custer, but had never seen that dial style before and couldn't find another like it. :confused1: It went for a very reasonable price.

I didn't bid high as I just wasn't sure what it was. Now I know. I won't miss it next time. ;)

Thanks again,
gatorcpa

Yes, it did go for a reasonable price. I had already exceeded my watch budget for the month, or I would have bid on it. You'll probably have some competition from me the next time this dial option comes up.

FYI gator, if you're a member of the NAWCC, you can borrow the CD's of the Hamilton catalogs to help with model identification. Not all of the dial options are listed, though.
 

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Question about Custer dial configuration




photo by B. Girouard

Hamilton Custer
catalogued 1935-1936
19-jewel model 982 movement
14K yellow gold case
28mm case width
38mm over the lug tips
19mm strap width
3 dial options: $80.00 for 18K applied gold numerals (most common), $77.50 for black enamel numerals, & $80.00 for applied gold marker dial (least common)
production figures unknown


A scarce model in its own right, the ratio of AGN dials to the other two variations is roughly 25:1

1935 catalog


1936 catalog



I was browsing a thread which led me to the master photo thread for the Cushion, and the next watch was the Custer. I have one from 1935 (inscribed) and the dial is one that I believed to be original. However, having read Tom's post above, I'm not sure. Here is a picture of mine - sorry, quick one with my BlackBerry - which shows the dial with the outline similar to a Cabot or the gold marker dial in the picture above. In all other respects, it appears to my untrained eye to belong to the Custer. Thoughts?

 

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Tom, I see what you mean as I look at the photos above. Bummer, I thought maybe it was a one-off. Oh well, I guess I'll be on the lookout for a dial for my Custer. On the positive side, I wasn't that enamored with how it looks - it didn't clean up that well. One other question, in the specs above it lists the case width as 28mm - is that correct? Unless I have another 14K Keystone case of that vintage, mine is not that wide - only about 24mm, or does 28 include the crown?
 

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Tom, I see what you mean as I look at the photos above. Bummer, I thought maybe it was a one-off. Oh well, I guess I'll be on the lookout for a dial for my Custer. On the positive side, I wasn't that enamored with how it looks - it didn't clean up that well. One other question, in the specs above it lists the case width as 28mm - is that correct? Unless I have another 14K Keystone case of that vintage, mine is not that wide - only about 24mm, or does 28 include the crown?
I never include the crown. Maybe I made a mistake.
 
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