I've been going through a bit of a dry spell of finding Hamilton models I haven't already documented on the blog. Even thought it's been a while since my last post, I've been super busy with a lot of projects but nothing that hasn't already been seen here before.
That said, I have had an interesting project waiting in the wings for well over a year! It's a 1933 Lee, which I have documented already. However, this one has an interesting story.
The Lee was introduced in 1933 and produced for two years. It coincides with the Grant that was produced at the same time and I have to wonder if the two were named for the famed Civil War generals.
The Lee is an interesting model for several reasons. First, it's one of several gold filled models that received the 6/0 size 19 jewel 979F movement that was primarily reserved for solid gold models. Second, it featured an interesting hammered silver dial with applied gold figures. You could also get a luminous dialed version.
In 1934 the case material for the Lee and the Grant was changed to 10K gold filled - a first for any Hamilton model and the movement was changed to the 17 jewel 987F. The Grant was also offered in a sterling silver case - another first for Hamilton. This was done to lower the price point of some models, it was the Great Depression after all, and the prices were reduced by about 15%