Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men... Luke 2:14
For 2000 years Christians have marked the anniversary of Christ's birth with celebration. In modern times the celebration has included the giving of special gifts to loved ones.
Receiving a Hamilton watch - especially during the Great Depression - was definitely something special and you can gage how much they were cherished by how worn-through the cases became.
To me, there's nothing more special on a Hamilton watch than a sentimental engraving marking it as a Christmas gift. Here's some examples from my personal collection...
This is a family piece given to a great aunt, I suspect by her husband.
Here's a 1931 Raleigh Plain
A 1932 Webster with enamel dial.
A 1933 Grant
A 1939 Wilshire
A 1939 Linwood
And a 1942 Ashley...
I find it fascinating to see how Hamilton marketed watches throughout it's history. You can readily find Hamilton advertisements in Life Magazine. They really pulled out the stops during the holiday season as well as in Spring for high school and college graduations.
Check out these examples - starting with December 1936 and ending with December 1966.
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