This is my last post for 2022. Reflecting back on the year, and overall, it's amazing to see that I've been posting restorations for over 10 years! I'm just short of 800 posts so I'll need to think of something cool to post for that significant milestone.
Today's post is a 1953 Brockton, although it's actually a 1954 version based on the presentation on the back.
The Brockton was produced for two years. It's one of a bunch of models that were introduced after Hamilton evolved to the 12/0 sized movements in 1952. The 12/0 sized movements replaced the 14/0 movements previously used. Some models transitioned to the 12/0 movements and became a B model, like the Boulton B or Austin B. Other models seemed to have been inspired by earlier models but were different enough to be something entirely new.
There are three 12/0 movements, the 17 jewel 752, the 19 jewel 753, and the 19 jewel 754, They replaced the 17 jewel 980, 19 jewel 982 and 19 jewel 982M. Hamilton used the logic that 17 jewel movements went into 10K gold filled cases, the 982 movement went into 14K gold filled cases and the 982M was solely for solid gold cases. That logic carried forward with the new 12/0 lineup.
The Brockton is inspired by the Brock, as the name would imply. The latter being produced from 1939 through 1952. The main difference between the Brockton and the Brock is the Brockton has a solid 10K gold case vs the 14K solid gold case in the Brock. An easy way to spot the difference between two examples is the Brockton has no numerals in the seconds register while the Brock has numerals.
The 1953 catalog ad for the Brockton shows it has a 19 jewel movement, solid gold case and two options for dials - either an all numeral dial or a numeral & marker dial. Either option would cost you $110 in your local jewelry store.
Today is December 31st, so let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year. Best wishes for 2023!