I have been a collector of Hamilton Watches since the early 1980's. My passion was fueled by the quality of the American watch that the Hamilton Watch Company made. Hamilton's were considered the best watches made America.
Why Hamilton? For me it was the quality of the watch case and of course the excellent movements. While many American Watch Companies were making watches of just a gold filled bezel (the top of the watch) and a stainless steel back, which looks cheap to me, Hamilton for the most part made all their watches of gold filled bezels and back. The high grade watches were made out of platinum, solid gold or sterling silver.
I became obsessed with owning every tank styled Hamilton made to the point I had over 3,500 of them. Yes 3,500. It got so bad, I felt I needed one in each color (Yellow, white of green gold) with each dial variation.....AGN (applied gold numerals), luminous (glow in the dark) or enamel. And if they made a watch with those three dials, like the square from the 20's, I had one of each, with each dial and different gold content. Don't forget, they also made them in solid gold. So you see where I am going with this. I would have 18 Hamilton squares to cover the three variations gold fill, and the three variations of the solid gold versions, then three different dial variations. Yes, it became an obsession.
I am proud to say I owned the Lou Gehrig Hamilton Piping Rock (which I sold in 2014, a world record for a Hamilton Watch) and the one of a kind Barbizon, along with other rare Hamilton's like the Rectangular, Byrd, Pinehurst, Oakley, Oakmont, Meadowbrook, 18K Square, 18K Cushion, 18K Greenwich (only one known to exist), 18K Hastings, 14K engraved Oval, Glendale, Barrel B in solid gold, Flight 1, 18K Ventura, Ericsson, Coronado, Wilkinson, Spur, 14k Seckron, 14K Otis, an Electric Pacer that runs backwards, Altair, and the list goes on and on.
People often ask me; if I had to just keep one, which one would it be? That's a hard question as the Pacer that runs backwards is awesome, the Glendale's are beautiful and highly engraved, the Wilkinson's are rare, the Barbizon is one of a kind, as well as the solid gold Seckron and Otis. The engraved Ovals are an elegant watch, but if it came down to it, I would keep the Rectangular's with both dial variations in each color. So technically four....now you see my problem.
Should you desire a watch that is not listed on the website, please let me know and I will get back to you and I will check to see if I have one available.