Sunday, February 26, 2017

Guest Post: Buying Used Hamilton Watch

I receive frequent communications from people who wish to purchase used watch with the intention of passing it down to a favoured son (or daughter). This is a thoughtful and admirable act that can encourage an interest by future generations in family history and add to the cache of family treasures.

Providing that a benefactor has delivered the first recipient a rich or happy childhood uncontaminated by major trauma or tyranny, an Hamilton watch can act as a powerful anchor that propels the wearer back in time to savour shared and cherished moments.

In more egoistic terms, Hamilton watch is a way to be remembered. Let's face it, most of us would like to be remembered fondly after we have shuffled off this mortal coil, and very few of us would like NOT to be remembered at all. As Mother Teresa said, "One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anyone".

If you are thinking of buying used watch for the purpose of it becoming a family Hamilton, below are some ideas about how to make it a truly cherished object:

· Do your homework on both watch and potential sellers. Many people have become casualties of dishonest sellers and dealers offering fake or 'put-together' examples of collectible used watches. Part of the fun of acquiring used Hamilton watch can be the research, so get to know enough detail to be able to make an astute purchase. Joining used watch forums such as Timezone and Watchuseek can be a good first start;

· Go for a precious metal case if at all possible. Apart from being non-corrosive, gold or platinum adds extra allure to the treasure aspect of an Hamilton;

· Choose the best movement calibres. Research the internet and used watch forums for consensus on the most collectible and sought-after movement series. Get to know and understand what makes the movement special - its history, design and horological importance;

· Aim for the most sought-after model. It is better to pay a premium for a quality example of a watch that has a high Collectibility quotient than fewer dollars for a less interesting example of the same brand;

· Source a watch with original box and papers if at all possible. If not possible, research and acquire an authentic box from the period. With some watch manufacturers, such as Omega and Patek Philippe you may seek an extract from their archives. This helps providing provenance for the watch and confirms authenticity;

· Consider having your name and that of your wife expertly engraved on the case back, along with the date you acquired the watch. While it may discount the value of the watch by about five percent, it increases its Hamilton value and forever establishes a connection with the original benefactors;

· Consider documenting by hand on a piece of parchment the reasons for your choice of Hamilton and add a portrait of the benefactors;

· Buy one or two parts movements in good condition over time so future watchmakers will have a source of parts if repairs are needed. Make sure they are housed in special containers and are packed in cotton or a material that will not corrode the plating on the movements;

· Consider having a wooden box especially fashioned to contain papers, watch box, watch, parts movements and any other memorabilia;

· Keep the piece in good condition with regular servicing (Around every five years).

Finally, Wear the watch as a special occasion or dress watch and encourage the intended recipient, with gentle reminders like "One day this will be yours", to covet the piece. Hopefully, if you've done your parenting well the intended recipient will not consider bumping you off for the value of a watch!

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