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Sunday, September 2, 2012

1939 Wilshire

In 1939 Hamilton introduced the flexible lugged Wilshire.  Featuring the 14/0 sized 19 jewel 982 movement, the Wilshire came in several different varieties.  The Wilshire was made for three years.

Initially it came in a 14K gold filled case with either an applied gold numeral dial with solid 18K gold numerals or a gilt dial with roman numerals.

In 1941 the Wilshire was also available in rose gold, also known as coral gold.  In the coral gold versions the dials were coral-themed and the applied numeral dial had white rhodium plated figures and hands.

On the wrist the Wilshire is a comfortable watch but a little on the small side.  Although not the smallest mans watch Hamilton made, it is certainly a good size for a woman's watch by today's standards.


  1. Nice website, could you please tell me if there is a market for a Reproduction Hamilton Wilshire model from about 1986

    Thanking you in advance for any information on where to sell & value.

    1. I see them on eBay from time to time. I don't think they have a lot of value but if you look for "sold" auctions you will be able to see how the market values them. If it's clean, works, and is in nice shape - I'm sure someone would like it.

  2. You are correct that the WILSHIRE was introduced in 1939, however that model year, the watch was fitted with a
    caliber 980, 17 jewel movement. in 1940 to 1942, Hamilton fitted the watch with the 19 Jewel caliber 982.
    This can be verified by checking the Hamilton 1939 and 1940 catalogs located at “Hamilton Dealer Catalogs”
    Vintage watch forums http://vintagewatchforums.com/viewforum.php?f=21&start=15

    thanks for the nice write up on this distinguished watch.