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Thursday, August 9, 2012

1937 Carlisle

Part of Hamilton's curved-to-fit-the-wrist lineup, the 1937 Carlisle was produced for two years.  It's a very long and slender watch and distinguishable from the similar period watches by the number 6 below the seconds register.  Other models had gold dots, stars or no marker at all.

The Carlisle features the 14/0, 17 jewel 980 movement in a 14K yellow gold filled case.  The model came with two dial options, solid gold applied numerals or an inlaid black enamel dial with matching black hands.

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Carlisles wear extensively on the front of the bezel, especially near the corners of the crystal.  A nice thick crystal can help prevent additional gold loss.  In addition, it's not uncommon to find wear through along the edges of the case reverse as well.

I like the Carlisle and find it a comfortable watch to wear.  I sometimes find it a little hard to tell the time on these ultra-elongated dials, especially as the hour hand approaches the corners of the watch (like 11:00).

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The black enamel dialed version is much harder to come by and would command a premium, even if the case wasn't in good shape - as that's easily changed.  Here's a photo courtesy of Tom Diss.

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