For starters, here's a 1955 Ward. The Ward was produced for three years and I think there are two dial varieties out there... one with gold dots and one without. As you can see in the 1955 catalog, the dial is described as having "black numerals and yellow pearled dots"
And then in 1956 the catalog describes the dial as having "black numerals and pearled dots".
The Ward has a 10K yellow gold filled case with a stainless steel back. Inside is an 8/0 sized American-made 17-jewel 747 movement, or possibly the 730, as Hamilton replaced the 747 with the upgraded 730 around the time the Ward was in production. The hands on a Ward are yellow alpha style.
I recently picked up a Ward in need of some TLC. I got a pretty good deal on it since it was in pretty rough shape.
Now I'm going to go out on a limb and call this a 1956 or 57 model since the dial has black pearled dots. The dial appears to be original and there are no markings on the back of it to indicate otherwise.
The 747 inside had a broken balance staff - easily diagnosed since the balance (on left) wobbles. The hairspring on the balance is also a mess - so this balance will need to be replaced in it's entirety.
Everything get's disassembled, cleaned and set out to dry. I've also got a new old stock glass crystal to install in the bezel.
With a new balance and a fresh mainspring, this 747 is back in action and ready for another 60 years of use. It's running 3 seconds fast per day with great amplitude.
And here's the finished product, all polished up with a clean dial and new lizard-grain leather strap. Not a bad restoration, if I do say so myself.