Scarce Hamilton "Jeweler Cased" men's Art Deco design wristwatch with diamond dial in solid platinum, circa 1940.

A number of jewelry wholesalers in the 1930s and 1940s took movements from genuine Hamilton watches (and other brands such as as Longines and Elgin), and recased them in specially-made gold and platinum cases, often with elaborate diamond-studded numerals. Hamilton especially discouraged this practice and warned retail jewelers not to participate. Nevertheless, these jeweler creations are enormously popular with watch and jewelry collectors today. This example has long, faceted case and is in crisp, excellent condition showing almost no wear, just a few light marks. Case has alternating brushed and polished finishes. Caseback is superb and unegraved. The case measures 44mm long and 20mm wide. Dial has been refininished with a Tiffany & Co. signature and has large, solid white gold exploding numerals set with small diamonds. Has new glass crystal. This watch has a 17-jewel Hamilton grade 989 manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong.

Price $1,100.