Very rare Hamilton “Winthrop” men’s Streamline Moderne design wristwatch in 14K coral gold fill, circa 1939.
Hamilton introduced pink gold-filled and pink gold watches at the end of 1939, calling them “coral” gold, and producing them for just a year or two prior to the beginning of World War II. Hamilton’s catalogs and advertisements depict only the “Essex,” “Martin,” “Myron,” and “Wilshire” models available in coral gold-filled, yet Hamilton internal records indicate that 434 examples of the coral “Winthrop” were shipped to distributors on November 13, 1939, priced to consumers at $50.00. It is not known if there were additional shipments made, but judging by the small number of watches extant today, it is unlikely that many more were made. This is one of only 10 to 15 that I have ever seen. It is in crisp, near mint condition with no brassing. Curved caseback is superb and unengraved. Case measures 42mm long and 21mm wide. Refinished coral finish dial is superb. Has new glass crystal. The watch is powered by its correct 17-jewel Hamilton grade 980 manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong.