Extremely Scarce Men's Hamilton Nevin II in Solid 14k Yellow Gold Vintage 1960s
It's hard to explain the attraction to this watch; there are so many interesting components. First, let's talk design. This is a classic late 60s piece, very hipster but with an element of Art Deco inspiration. The bezel sort of reminds me of the earliest Reverso's. This watch is so hard to find and so rare. Definitely more rare than some of the most cultish Hamilton's like the Otis, Piping Rock or Coronado. Although I cannot find production numbers, my best educated estimate is that this is as rare if not rarer than the Hamilton Spur. Don't forget, this watch was produced during a time when everyone was buying battery operated watches - and take a look at the price for this watch back then at $135.00 - this was a very expensive watch. This wonderful vintage Hamilton Nevin II features a 14K solid yellow gold case with the numeral 12 and markers at 3, 6, and 9 in gold (and remaining markers in black) on a sterling silver dial. The black hands are correct for this timepiece. This wristwatch measures approximately 22.5mm (excluding the crown) x 27.5mm from lug end to end. The size of this watch puts it in the unisex category by today's standards. The lugs on this watch are discretely hidden from overhead view in order to present the solid gold bezel with bold parallel lines in its entirety. The watch sets and winds smoothly and is powered by a Hamilton grade 761 manual hand winding movement with 22 jewels that has been cleaned, oiled, and timed for 24 hours. The caliber 761 is a USA made in-house Hamilton caliber and is very fine, adjusted and highly decorated. This Nevin II is quadruple signed as seen on the crown, dial, movement, and case. The inside case reads: Hamilton W. Co., Lancaster PA., 14K Gold, C14738. You don't have to be a die-hard Hamilton collector to enjoy this watch, it's beautiful regardless of its rarity; but if you are a collector and don't have this piece, don't let this pass you by - they are nearly impossible to find. The watch is completely original and near mint (the dial is flawless) for the exception of the strap which is a new replacement.
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