Scarce Hamilton “Seneca” men’s Art Deco design presentation wristwatch in solid 14K yellow gold, circa 1937.

Announced to jewelers on April 1, 1935, the "Seneca" was in the very first group of grade 982 models introduced by Hamilton. One of Hamilton’s classic Art Deco tank watches, it has a very elegant triple-stepped, solid gold rectangular case. It was priced at $77.50 in 1937. This example is in crisp, near mint condition showing almost no wear. Bezel steps are sharp. Caseback is superb, with a presentation engraving to the Vice-President and General Manager of the Red Jacket Coal Corporation of West Virginia. The case measures 36mm long and 20mm wide. Inlaid enamel dial is excellent, has solid 18K gold applied numerals. Has new glass crystal. This watch is powered by its correct 19-jewel Hamilton grade 982 manual wind movement, just serviced and running strong.

Price $675. SOLD