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Thursday, November 22, 2012

1959 Thor & 1963 Thor II

In the late 1950's and early 1960's Hamilton introduced a variety of "space age" watch designs that coincided with the United States' space program.  These watches are known as "Asymmetrics" and they often got space-inspired names (but not always).  Most asymmetric models also featured the electric movements like the 500, 500A or 505.  However, there are also a few asymetric models that featured mechanical or automatic movements.

A good example of a mechanical asymmetric is the 1959 Thor.  It was only produced for three years and was discontinued in 1961.  However, a similar model, the Thor II was introduced in 1963 and produced for two years.

Thor

The original Thor came in a gold filled case in either white or yellow gold.  It also featured the 22 jewel, 12/0 sized 770 movement.

Dial options varied... yellow cased models got a butler finished white dial with solid gold numerals and markers.  White cases models could get the white dial or a black finished dial with rhodium plated gold numerals and markers.

The Thor II is very similar except the dial only has numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 (in a different font design) and under the dial is a Swiss-made movement.

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Here's a couple of wrist shots of Thors - the first is a yellow model on my relatively hair-free arm.  The latter is a white model courtesy of the apparently much hairier, Tom Diss.

Thor

Thor

And here's a nice example of a Thor II courtesy of another Hamilton-collecting friend, Dave McCamon

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9 comments:

  1. Nice work! Thanks to you, I now know that what I'm wearing is a Thor2 with original multicolor band :)

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  2. I have a need for the bottom lug on a Thor 2 .......help

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    1. A talented gold smith or jeweler might be able to fashion something for you. Otherwise you'll need a new case.

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  3. Hello thanks for info on the Hamilton Thor. My father owns the 1959 Thor, he claims he purchased it for $350. Today it is still running, and is in great shape, do you have any idea what the value is ? Thanks

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  4. Look on eBay for "sold" auctions and you'll get an idea of what they will sell for. $500 +/- $100 is a typical price, depending on condition and originality.

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  5. I have a movement, dial and crystal. I'm looking for a case for it if someone might have it. Long shot, I know.

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    1. That's a long shot for sure. You could keep an eye on eBay. Eventually a Thor with a crappy dial will show up and you'll be halfway there.

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  6. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement band?

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