My last Christmas post featured what I'd consider the rarest of the CLD models. This post is on one of the most ubiquitous - the 1948 Brandon.
The Brandon was one of the first models in the CLD ("sealed") line and it's the only one to feature a rectangular movement. The Brandon was produced through 1951 and came with either a silver butler finished dial or a black dial.
The 1948 catalog did a nice job of detailing what makes a CLD model innovative for the time. Hamilton didn't offer "waterproof" models and the CLD line was it's first attempt to marker watches that were sealed against moisture and dirt. The featured crystals set in the bezel with a gasket and the bezel set against the case with another gasket. The crown featured a two-piece stem and had a gasket to seal agains the case step tube. The movement was tucked inside and very well isolated from the environment outside the case.