A few days after I found the Elgin Pocket Watch, this wristwatch was bought from a neighborhood yard sale circus.
Hamilton Gold Wrist Watch.
Let me set the stage; this neighborhood of over 200 houses runs a weekend yard sale, 1000s of people attend. It is organized chaos and I loved it! It was an exciting event and an experience I’ll never forget. It must have been about the 30th or 40th house I visited that morning (I lost count). I entered the garage and saw a 50 cent box with miscellaneous jewelry items. Everything in this box was 50 cents each. Even though it was dark in the garage, I could clearly see two old wristwatches in the box. I briefly looked at them and found the magical K marking on one of the watches, so I bought them both for a dollar total. As I walked down the street to the next garage sale, I looked at my prizes.
One of them is an Elgin Gold-filled wristwatch; I’ll over this watch in another blog. The other ladies wristwatch was marked on the back of the case, Hamilton 14K Gold-BIGGS. The band was marked: gold filled on top, 1/20 10KT G.F.; and bottom layer is stainless steel.
Hamilton 14K Gold Wrist Watch Back.
The watch was missing the crystal face and it does not work, but who cares, the case is 14K. I opened it up once I got it home. The movement says 17 jewels, 750 model and the serial number. The inside of the back of the case said Adele Hamilton W. Co. Lancaster, PA, 14K Gold A46077.
Hamilton 14K Gold Wrist Watch Movement.
Inside the Hamilton 14K Gold Wrist Watch Housing.
I bought this watch for 50 cents and sold it on 12-7-13 for $75.00 plus shipping. You tell me, was that a valuable broken wristwatch. I think so.
Hamilton 14K Gold Wrist Watch Sold Screenshot.
Remember, keep an eye out on those time pieces. They can be made from precious metals, which makes them precious to your wallet.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting,
Author of “Cheap Gold and Silver”