A lot of the watches Hamilton produced in 1941 were re-introduced after WWII ended. Some watches, like the coral gold models, were not reintroduced. In fact, I don't believe Hamilton ever made coral gold models again.
One 1941 model, the Lester, was reintroduced after the war but only with one dial option. The Lester was produced through 1950
Originally, the Lester came with two dial options - an AGN dial with solid 18K numerals or a black enamel numeral dial. Regardless of the dial choice, the case came in 14K yellow gold fill.
Under the dial is the 14/0 sized, 19 jewel 982 movement. After 1940, the solid gold models got the 982M. 10K gold filled models got the 17 jewel 980 and the 14K gold filled got the 982 movement.
The Lester is readily found but hard to find without at least a little bit of wear to the bezel corners where the lugs attach to the case.
I recently picked up a black numeral dialed version and I was happy to get it. I think I've only seen a couple of other examples - ever. I'm not saying it's ultra-rare, but it was only produced in 1941 so there are loads more AGN versions out there.
My black numeral dialed Lester came in an excellent case. The hour hand was a little loose and probably not original to the watch. It looks a little too big to my eye.
I also have an AGN version. If you look closely you'll see a little of the typical wear through on the outside corners - but it's not too bad in comparison to many examples I've seen.
I really like the case, regardless of the wear through, because it's a Christmas watch with a nice engraving, "To A Good Skipper USCG 12-25-42". The wear through just shows you this was a treasured watch. As an "old Navy man" myself, the engraving touches a soft spot. After all, during a time of war, like in 1942, the Coast Guard falls under the Department of the Navy.
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