Case Serial: 1655038
Case Reference: 64048-3
Production Date: 1960’s
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The Hamilton Watch Co. is an American company who made their own movements in house until the mid 1960’s, when they began using Ebauche movements. This particular men's Hamilton Fontainebleau watch contains an Ebauche movement, which is a Swiss manufacturing conglomerate, which is still making movements to this day. Hamilton stopped making their own movements in order to cut costs and try to keep their heads above water. This watch is a men's Hamilton Fontainebleau Automatic watch with Date. This watch is oversized, perfectly square, measuring 34mm’s. There is a date window at the 6 o’clock position, and the dial is original silver grey satin with stick markers and stick hands, with a full size sweep second hand. The dial is printed Hamilton Automatic beneath the 12 o’clock and Fontainebleau just above the date window, all in black. The watch does not have traditional lugs; therefore the band is seemingly set into the watch case. The crown is original to the watch and has a quite clear Hamilton factory stamp, and is inset into the watch case, giving the watch a very clean line. The attached strap is manufactured in genuine crocodile, lightly padded, in gloss black, measuring 19mm’s.
The case back has the Fontainebleau factory logo, and is very clear and clean. The case back is also stamped water resistant, shock resistant, antimagnetic, stainless steel, and lastly with the case reference number 64048-3 and patent number 453.220. The case serial number, found internally, is 1655038; the movement calibre number, found on the movement I, is 64. This movement is fully automatic, containing 17 jewels, recently serviced and in wonderful operating condition. Although the case back is stamped water resistant, I would not recommend wearing it around water, as the crown is not threaded, and the watch itself is over 40 years old. However, I do trust the shock proof and antimagnetic properties, as the mechanisms for this specific attribute do not age. Serial number runs for Hamilton were no longer available for watches made post 1942. So, an exact manufacture date is unavailable. However, based on the movement technology and case styling, I would put the approximate manufacture date in the 1960s.
I have done some research about this watch online, and found that it is pretty collectable by specific collectors looking for, most likely, the unique case shape. Hamilton and Ebauche are both known for their quality. This particular Hamilton, to me, has a modern, almost ‘Star Trek’, look to it. It must have been very leading edge, in its time when watches were very traditional in shape and appearance. The more modern looking watches, at the time of production of this watch, were by and large, the digital red L.E.D watches’ made by Hamilton and distributed under the name Pulsar. This watch is modern looking but not so much that it lost all of its traditional styling. A great addition to a collection that includes a diverse compilation of watches.