Scarce Hamilton "Barton B" men's Retro Modern design presentation wristwatch in solid 14K yellow gold, circa 1955.
The "Barton B" was introduced around 1953 as an updated version of the 1948 "Barton" with Hamilton's new 12/0-size grade 754 movement, which replaced the 14/0-size 982M movement. The "Barton B" never appeared in any Hamilton consumer sales catalogue, and it was used almost exclusively by Hamilton's Awards Division for corporate presentations. The watch has a large, heavy case with hooded lugs. This example is in crisp, near mint condition showing almost no wear. The case still exhibits all of its factory-applied brushed and polished finishes. Caseback is superb, with a factory-etched presentation from United States Gypsum Company. The case measures 40mm long and 23mm wide. Original two-tone dial is superb, has solid 18K gold applied numerals and markers. Glass crystal is superb. The watch is powered by its correct 19-jewel Hamilton grade 754 movement, just serviced and running strong.