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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

1935 Nelson

The 1935 Nelson was one of the first wrist watches to feature the 14/0 sized, 17 jewel 980 movement.  It was produced for only two years.

Three different dials were available, an AGN dial, and applied gold marker dial, and an inlaid enamel dial.  I think the AGN dial is the most common.  The other two are rarely seen but I don't know the production stats for them.

The 14K gold filled case is typically found with at least a little wear to the high points of the stepped bezel.

These early 14/0 watches are a little small, or better said, a little narrow, compared to the 6/0 sized watches from the same period, which are wider and present themselves as larger.  By today's standards I think these early watches are just as wearable by women as they are by men.

I'm lucky enough to have found an AGN and an AGM dialed Nelson and I enjoy when it's their turn for some wrist time.

UPDATE:  Jan 2015  Here's a photo of the inlaid black enamel dial model


  1. Dan...

    Really enjoying your blogs! Just great and I am learning as well!



  2. Thanks! Just like Michelangelo.. Ancora Imparo!