SOLD - Extremely Rare Vintage 1939 Pink Gold Filled Coral Dial Hamilton Winthrop Near Mint NOS Caliber 980
The 1939 Hamilton Winthrop was only produced for two years and it's one of the last models to offer a variety of different dials. Lots of 1930's watches were available with three (or more) different dials... usually a luminous dial, AGN dial and a black enamel dial. The Winthrop came with an AGN dial as shown in the catalog ad but also a black enamel figure dial and a two-tone gilt and coral gold dial. Another oddity of the Winthrop is behind the dial of a 1939 model is a 17 jewel 980 movement. However, behind the dial of 1940 model would be a 19 jewel 982 movement. Prior to 1940 the 982 was used only in solid gold models but in 1940 and later the solid gold models got the 982M movement. The case on the Winthrop is 14K pink gold filled. Here we have a NOS watch with no wear, original and never worn strap w/signed buckle. Some light scratches probably for being the the jewelers case back in 1939. The Winthrop in Pink with a "Coral" color dial is the most rare of this model with only an estimated under 500 ever shipped out from the factory; in fact the advert doesn't even show this as a dial option. Although is is verified authentic and was validated by Hamilton expert Bruce Shawkey in a December 1998 NAWCC article, Bulletin #317, page 781 -784, says the Coral Winthrop is certainly the scarcest of all the Men's Coral Hamilton, gold or gold filled. He says only 434 were shipped in 1939, but maybe other shipments were made. Just overhauled and actually running within chronometer specs.
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