Vintage 1940's Hamilton "Raymon" Extremely Rare Full Stainless Steel Case Caliber 747
The "Y1*****" Serial Number places this watch in the mid-1940's. The mid-1940's produced some of the best American watches due to many innovations that came out of watchmaking for the military during WW2 - which Hamilton was heavily involved in. In fact, in this era, civilian pieces were produced in fairly low numbers until a few years after the war. The Raymon is a great rarity in the league with the Spur and Flint Ridge. In fact, production numbers for the Raymon are estimated to be below 100 pieces due to their unpopular stainless steel case. Many enjoyed the look of yellow gold at this time. Nowadays, people prefer a stainless steel case - no base metal on this beauty. Upon careful inspection, it's our professional opinion that this watch is near mint close to new old stock. The dial is original along with the case finish which is pristine. There are some superficial scratches from displaying on the case back. The dial, crown, hands, movement, and case are perfect. The watch was obviously stored in a good climate away from elements that can cause aging. However, the originally painted lume on the dial and hands did patina perfectly and are an exact match. The watch is presented on a basic soft brown genuine leather strap with silver tone buckle; similar to what it was originally sold on. Unfortunately, the original strap was brittle and could not be used. The caliber 747 is considered one of the best movements made by Hamilton. It is highly decorated, in-house made in the USA and has been serviced working great. Many Hamilton collectors are missing this piece in their collection - this is a great opportunity to own one of the best examples of very few. The watch measures approximately 26mm across and 37mm lug to lug - the perfect gentleman's size for a dress watch or daily wearer. Don't forget, you don't have to worry about getting scratches on this watch like solid gold watches. It's a hard stainless steel alloy and can be easily refinished in the future if you wanted to although I wouldn't recommend it. Collector value is always higher with original finishes even with scratches. Please note, the lugs on this watch appear hinged but they are not. Very nicely curves to the wrist and looks extraordinary. As you can probably tell, I think this is one of the best Hamiltons of all time. There are no comparables I could find at the time of the listing. I expect it to move quickly. Thank you.
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