Rare Hamilton “Andrews” men’s Machine Age design wristwatch in solid 14K yellow gold, circa 1933.

The “Andrews” has a fantastic Machine Age stepped case and an extremely low production of only 1,137 watches in yellow gold. Housing the unique 19-jewel grade 401 movement, the “Andrews” was part of a series of watches named for famous explorers, in this case for adventurer and paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews (1884 to 1960), discoverer of dinosaur fossils in the Gobi Desert. Andrews also served as director of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and as president of the prestigious Explorers Club. An extraordinarily expensive wristwatch for the Great Depression, the “Andrews” was priced to consumers at $115.00 in 1933. This example is in crisp, excellent condition showing only the very slightest indications of wear, with well-defined corners and steps. The caseback is excellent, with a name engraving. The case measures 37mm long by 23mm wide. Original inlaid enamel dial is excellent, has solid 18K gold applied Breguet numerals. Has new glass crystal. This watch is powered by its correct 19-jewel Hamilton grade 401 manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong.

Price $1,750.