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Hamilton Tank Watch

Hamilton Hooded Lug Tank Watch 14K Rose Gold and Diamonds
By Hamilton
Located in New York, NY
This is a rare 1950's Hamilton 14k rose gold hooded lug tank watch with diamond dial. This tank is
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Vintage 1950s American Retro Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Rose Gold

Hamilton Platinum Art Deco Tank Style with Original Diamond Dial
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Gabled Crystal Diamond Bezel
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Wrist Watches

Hamilton Platinum Art Deco Tank Style with Covered Lugs from 1940's
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco /Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Platinum

Hamilton Yellow Gold Filled Art Deco Tank Style Wristwatch, circa 1950's
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilon Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

Hamilton Yellow Gold Filled Art Deco Tank Style with a Mid Century Design 1950's
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Morton / Art Deco Tank Style METAL
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Vintage 1950s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Gold-filled

Hamilton 14Kt Gold "Midas" Art Deco Watch 1940's with Original Dial Strap & Box
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Midas Series / Art Deco Tank METAL
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

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By Croton
Located in Addison, TX
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By Hamilton
Located in Raleigh, NC
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Rare 1947 Palladium / Diamond Dial 19 Jewel
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Jaeger LeCoultre Stainless Steel Wristwatch, circa 1950
By Jaeger-LeCoultre
Located in Montreal, QC
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Antique Victorian 1890s 14K Gold Tassel Pendant
Located in Rotterdam, NL
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Gruen Gold Filled Art Deco Styled Wrist Watch with a Rare Matching Bracelet
By Gruen
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Gruen Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Reference 720 METAL / MATERIAL: Yellow Gold Filled CIRCA / YEAR: 1950 DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Length 38mm X Width 27mm ...
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Mid-20th Century American Art Deco Wrist Watches

Cartier Tank Louis 18K Yellow Unisex Gold Watch W1529756 2441
By Cartier
Located in Dallas, TX
Cartier Tank Louis 18K Yellow Unisex Gold Watch W1529756 2441 - Quartz. 18K Yellow Gold ( 26 x 34 mm ). Flat Ivory dial with Roman numerals; date at 3 o'clock. Blue Strap with Cartie...
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Art Deco Back Dial Gents Wristwatch Old Stock, Never Worn, Newly Serviced, 1930
Located in Westward ho, GB
For those gents out there who desire a less than generic looking watch, who aspire for something not only classy but very distinctively Art Deco then this maybe the timepiece for you...
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Clinton Art Deco Wristwatch with Original Dial from 1940's
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Clinton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Modified Cushion METAL / MATERIAL: Yellow Gold Filled CIRCA / YEAR: 1940's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Length 35mm x Width 28mm MOVE...
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Art Deco 1929 BULOVA ‘CRUSADER’ Gents 10k White RG Watch, 94 yrs old, SERVICED
By Bulova Watch Company
Located in Westward ho, GB
Absolutely stunning 94-year-old Art Deco vintage BULOVA ‘CRUSADER’ wrist watch, made in 1929 and in beautiful restored condition. 15-jewel BULOVA 10AN hand wound mechanical movement ...
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Patek Philippe Art Deco Platinum and Diamond Pocket Watch
By Patek Philippe
Located in Chicago, IL
Circa 1930s Art Deco Patek Philippe Pocket watch, 41 M.M. 3 piece Platinum Case, 18 Jewel mechanical, manual wind Nickle Lever movement. Silver Satin dial with Diamond set Roman Nume...
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Belle Époque Diamond Tiara
Located in London, GB
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Tiffany & Company 1920s Ladies Platinum and Diamond Wrist Watch
By Tiffany & Co.
Located in Chicago, IL
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Vulcain 1960s Stainless Steel Watch
By Vulcain
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
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Longines Mystery Dial Ladies Watch 14k Yellow Gold
By Longines
Located in Montreal, QC
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Lady Elgin Gold-Filled Art Deco Tank Watch with Original Dial from 1940's
By Elgin
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Elgin Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL: Yellow Gold-Filled CIRCA / YEAR: 1940's DIMENSIONS / SIZE: Length 24mm X Width 18mm MO...
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Hamilton White Gold Diamond Art Deco Top Hat Tank Style Watch
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tank Style / Dress Model
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Mid-20th Century Art Deco Wrist Watches

Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold Hamilton Manual Wind Ladies Watch
By Hamilton
Located in Birmingham, AL
This Gorgeous Vintage Hamilton Watch is made in 14K yellow Gold. It has a 7 inch bracelet and is
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Hamilton Platinum Art Deco Diamond Baguette Dial Manual Wind Watch circa 1940's
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL
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HAMILTON Watch. 14k Yellow Gold Rectangle Hamilton wristwatch. Hamilton Tank
By Hamilton
Located in Port Charlotte, FL
: Analog Rare 1940s Hamilton Wristwatch. 14k Yellow Gold case. Manual Windup mechanism. Beautiful Genuine
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Hamilton Rare Platinum Art Deco Tank Style Watch, circa 1940s
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL
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Hamilton Yellow Gold Filled Art Deco Tank Style Watch from 1940's
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco / Tank Style METAL / MATERIAL
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Vintage 1940s American Art Deco Wrist Watches

Hamilton Rose Gold Filled Art Deco Tank Style Watch from 1940's
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
COMMITMENT This is a rare model by renowned American house of Hamilton and in exceptional condition as well
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Vintage 14 Karat Yellow Gold Hamilton Manual Wind Ladies Watch
By Hamilton
Located in Birmingham, AL
This Gorgeous Vintage Hamilton Watch is made in 14K yellow Gold. It has a 7 inch bracelet and is
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Vintage 1940s Swiss Art Deco Wrist Watches

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Hamilton 14Kt. Gold Filled Art Deco Style Watch Ca 1950's with Solid Gold
By Hamilton
Located in Long Beach, CA
FACTORY / HOUSE: Hamilton Watch Company STYLE / REFERENCE: Art Deco Style / Tank Style / Townsend
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In an era when the safety of America’s bustling railroads absolutely depended on accurate timepieces for its conductors, watchmaker Hamilton pioneered cutting-edge, impossibly precise watches in a complex that spanned one square city block of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, during the late 19th century.

As railroad tracks were laid across the United States and steam locomotives began traversing vast distances, the American railroad system ran into a problem. Back then, time was not standardized across the country. Therefore, in 1883, the railroad companies established the four time zones as we know them today. But, despite setting these zones, train conductors were not always synchronized, leading to deadly accidents on the railroads.

Enter watchmaker Hamilton, founded in 1892. Railway workers would be required to wear a pocket watch, as the timepieces were responsible for keeping conductors on schedule, and the watchmaking industry — and early American pocket-watch manufacturers such as Hamilton, Elgin National Watch Company and the Waltham Watch Company — benefitted.

Hamilton’s pocket watches were extremely alluring to train conductors, who began buying them en masse. The East Coast company’s timepieces eventually earned the moniker “The Watch of Railroad Accuracy.”

Hamilton transitioned from pocket watches to wristwatches in 1914, as it supplied timepieces to American troops fighting in World War I. Wristwatches, naturally, were more convenient to wear and use in battle. The new style of watch was also appealing to aviators, and Hamilton aeronautical watches became all the rage among pilots, specifically those flying for the new U.S. Airmail service.

The general public’s interest in Hamilton watches grew rapidly in the 1920s. Legendary polar explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd timed his historic flights over glaciers and chunks of sea ice with a Hamilton pocket watch in the late 1920s, and a Hamilton timepiece used by Byrd during these expeditions went on display in 2018 at the National Watch & Clock Museum.

Hamilton’s Piping Rock watch, an Art Deco–inspired design that featured elegant Roman numerals set in black for the hour markers, made its debut in 1928 and was gifted to the New York Yankees to celebrate their World Series win that year. The model was also featured in the film Shanghai Express alongside the brand’s Flintridge watch, further expanding Hamilton’s popularity. (Hamilton watches can also be seen in the films The Frogmen, Blue Hawaii, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Men in Black.)

In the second half of the 20th century, Hamilton became well known for several innovations: It developed the first-ever battery-operated electric watch, the Ventura, in 1957, as well as the first-ever digital wristwatch, the Hamilton Pulsar Time Computer, in 1970. Three years later, superspy and watch enthusiast James Bond donned a Pulsar in Live and Let Die.

Today, the company is part of the Swatch Group, and its headquarters and production facilities relocated from Pennsylvania to Switzerland in 2003.

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A Close Look at Art Deco Jewelry

Fascination with the Jazz Age is endless, and even today jewelry designers continue to be inspired by authentic Art Deco jewelry and watches.

The Art Deco period, encompassing the 1920s and ’30s, ushered in a very distinct look in the design of jewelry. There were many influences on the jewelry of the era that actually began to take shape prior to the 1920s. In 1909, Serge Diaghilev brought the Ballet Russes to Paris, and women went wild for the company’s exotic and vibrant costumes It’s no wonder, then, that jade, lapis lazuli, coral, turquoise and other bright gemstones became all the rage. There already existed a fascination with the East, particularly China and Japan, and motifs consisting of fans and masks started to show up in Art Deco jewelry.

However, the event that had the greatest influence on Deco was the excavation of the tomb of King Tut in 1922. When the world saw what was hidden in Tut’s burial chamber, it sent just about everyone into a frenzy. Pierre Cartier wrote in 1923 that “the discovery of the tomb will bring some sweeping changes in fashion jewelry.” And he couldn’t have been more right. “Egyptomania” left an indelible mark on all of the major jewelry houses, from Cartier to Van Cleef & Arpels, Boucheron and Georges Fouquet. (Cartier created some of the most iconic jewelry designs that defined this era.)

While a lot of Art Deco jewelry was black and white — the black coming from the use of onyx or black enamel and the white from rock crystal and diamonds — there is plenty of color in jewelry of the era. A perfect accent to diamonds in platinum settings were blue sapphires, emeralds and rubies, and these stones were also used in combination with each other.

Many designers employed coral, jade and lapis lazuli, too. In fact, some of the most important avant-garde jewelers of the period, like Jean Després and Jean Fouquet (son of Georges), would combine white gold with ebony and malachite for a jolt of color.

A lot of the jewelry produced during this time nodded to current fashion trends, and women often accessorized their accessories. The cloche hat was often accented with geometric diamond brooches or double-clip brooches. Backless evening dresses looked fabulous with sautoir necklaces, and long pearl necklaces that ended with tassels, popular during the Edwardian period, were favored by women everywhere, including Coco Chanel.

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Finding the Right wrist-watches for You

Antique, vintage and luxury wristwatches have captured the hearts and minds of all manner of watch collectors as well as the watchmakers themselves — it's time you found your own.

Certain vintage watches for men and iconic watch designs for women are sought after not only because of their graceful proportions or innovative materials but also because of the illustrious histories of the houses that created them, histories that they stylishly embody.

Bulgari’s legendary Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional wristwatches.

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist.

In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, wristwatches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner. Designer Gérald Genta, whose range of clients included Rolex, created for Audemars Piguet the first luxury sports timepiece to be made from stainless steel. First introduced in 1972, the Royal Oak was a perfect choice for blending the form and function that are now synonymous with sports watches.

Are you shopping for a wristwatch? It’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors.

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