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Sunday, April 27, 2014

1970's Ladies Pendant

I bet there are more ladies' wrist watch models than there are men's.  However, ladies' models seem to all look same - well mostly anyway - since the vast majority of them are cocktail watches of various ilk.      I have restored quite a few but they're not very popular, in my opinion, so they're not very collectible.

I recently did see an interesting ladies watch though… it's a pendant and comes on a golden chain.  What's cool about it is it's an acrylic sphere.


I wasn't able to find it in the ladies catalogs, although I seem to recall seeing it somewhere before - so I'll keep looking and post more info if I find it.

The acrylic dome magnifies the dial so once it's popped off you can see the dial and hands is actually quite small.. it's about the size of a penny.


Popping the other half dome off the back reveals the Swiss-made Hamilton 48.  It doesn't say who the Swiss maker is but I think it is A. Schild, based on the shape of the AS 1727 and the AS 1828… I don't  know the exact grade though.


Everything gets taken apart and cleaned, just like a larger men's movement - only everything is really small!


Also like a man's movement, the regulator is easy to adjust to try to tune in the timing.  Even a tiny adjustment can have a big impact on the rate, so it took me a little while to get it to even out.


And here's the re-assembled watch ready to go into my daughter's jewelry box.  She likes "sparkly things" so I'm sure this watch will be a hit.


I think the back is as interesting as the front!


5 comments:

  1. Hi Dan, I found a silver version of this pendant watch somewhere. Do you have any indication on how rare it is and what it would be worth? Please contact my on my email address!

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    1. Hey Bart, I don't know what metric describes "rare" but they can be found occasionally. I've seen them sell for well over $100 and for under $50. So it varies. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all.

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  2. Thanks for your answer, Dan!

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  3. I have a pendant almost identical to this that belonged to my great grandmother. She bought it while in Switzerland visiting family. It is not currently keeping time. Is this a task that can be handled by most jewelers or do I need to find someone who specializes in these?

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    1. Jewelers no. Watchmakers yes. Going to a jeweler is going to a middle man, most likely. Email me or contact me through Etsy for a referral to a professional watchmaker.

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